According to data that has recently been reviewed by the FDA, the Actos bladder cancer threat is real. A study conducted by the drug’s manufacturer over a five year period has indicated that patients who took Actos had a generally higher risk of getting bladder cancer. In particular, this risk was significantly true among the patients who had taken Actos for the longest time or for those who had had the most cumulative exposure to Actos.
Actos is the brand name version of the drug pioglitazone. It is sometimes sold in conjunction with metformin. Doctors tend to prescribe this drug to patients who are suffering from blood sugar control issues. When used along side of dietary changes and a better exercise routine, this drug has been effectively shown to help control blood sugar levels in people with type II diabetes.
The drug Actos is widely used in the United States as well as other parts of the world, and during a ten month period of 2010, there were approximately 2.3 million Americans filling prescriptions of it at retail pharmacies. However, the risks of taking Actos are becoming so strong that many doctors are refusing to prescribe it to their patients.
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In Europe, doctors in Germany have stopped prescribing it to new patients. In France, a study has also suggested the link between Actos and bladder cancer. This concern about Actos bladder cancer has prompted French physicians to discontinue prescribing this drug to anyone. However, doctors in the United States are still prescribing this drug. They are waiting for the FDA to review additional studies on the risks associated with Actos. However, doctors have been advised by the FDA to not give this drug to their patients who already have bladder cancer.
If you have taken Actos and you have experienced any symptoms of bladder cancer, you should contact your doctor immediately. The symptoms that you may see will include discolored urine or urine with blood in it, the feeling that you need to urinate while you are already urinating, pain while urinating, and persistent pain in your back or lower abdomen. You may experience one or more of these symptoms.
Calling your doctor when you experience a problem like this is only the first step. When you contact your doctor, he or she will be able to help you with any health emergencies that you may have. In addition, your doctor will be able to guide you toward any prescription or health changes that you need to make. However, you doctor will not be able to assist you with any financial compensation that you may need to alleviate your suffering.
If you are experiencing symptoms of bladder cancer due to Actos, or if you or a loved one already has Actos bladder cancer, there are people who can help you. There are people who understand the complicated legal process surrounding illnesses caused by drugs like these. These people understand the pain that you and others have experienced when you fell ill through no fault of your own, and these people are standing by to help you.
You may be entitled to a cash settlement or other compensation for your suffering. By filling out the form on this page, you can learn more about your rights and about Actos bladder cancer settlements.