Avandia was first approved by the FDA (food and Drug Administration) in 1999 to treat type 2 diabetes or adult onset diabetes. For GlaxoSmithKline (the makers of Avandia), It became one of their most popular drugs. Avandia works by allowing the body to use insulin it produces to control the levels of blood sugar in the liver and prevent the serious and potentially fatal aspects of this condition that affects almost 16 million adults in the United States.
Unfortunately, there are many harmful side effects that Avandia can cause such as congestive heart failure, weight gain, swelling of the extremities, shortness of breath, and fluid in the lungs, which all can occur when the heart can no longer pump blood through the circulatory system. Liver problems can also be a result of Avandia and it can lead to jaundice (or the yellowing of eyes and skin due to build up of bilirubin in the body), fatigue, vomiting, stomach pain, and nausea.
Avandia is also suspected of causing a condition called Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, or PPH. PPH is caused when blood vessels narrow and you get an increased blood pressure. If you or a family member have taken Avandia and have experienced these types of symptoms, then we can help you!
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