Actos and Heart Failure

Actos heart failure side effects may pose serious cardiovascular problems and injury lawsuits may form as a result.  Contact an Actos attorney to explore your compensation options.

Actos is a type 2 diabetes medication which falls into the category of drugs called thiazolidinediones. Actos has been available in the U.S. since it was approved by the FDA in 1999 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes when used in combination with diet and exercise. The active ingredient in Actos is pioglitazone, and the drugs works by increasing the sensitivity of muscle, fat and liver cells to insulin. By doing so, Actos allows cells to remove glucose from the blood more effectively, thereby lowering blood glucose levels. Actos is currently manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc., and is one of the most popular forms of type 2 diabetes medications. Unfortunately, recent research has identified Actos use as a potential risk factor for the development of major Actos side effects, including cardiovascular risks like heart failure. If you took Actos to control your diabetes and have since suffered a serious side effect like heart failure, contact an Actos attorney to discuss your legal options. 

Heart Failure Symptoms

Heart failure is a serious condition in which the heart can no longer pump an adequate amount of blood to the rest of the body. Systolic heart failure is characterized by the failure of the heart muscle to pump blood out of the heart properly and diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up with blood easily. Common heart failure symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular pulse
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Heart palpitations

Symptoms of heart failure often begin slowly and at first may only occur when the patient is very active. Over time, breathing problems and other complications may occur even when the patient is resting.

Heart Failure Treatment and Prognosis

Treatment for heart failure may involve a variety of different methods, including monitoring and self care, medications, or surgeries and devices like a pacemaker. Heart failure is an extremely serious condition and is typically a chronic illness, which may get worse with physical stress or infection. With treatment, many forms of heart failure can be effectively controlled. However, some victims of heart failure may suffer from life-threatening complications like pulmonary edema, irregular heart rhythms, and total heart failure.

Actos Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

Another thiazolidinedione called Avandia was removed from the U.S. market earlier this year following reports that the drug increased the risk of heart attack by 43% and the risk of death by 64% in patients. Now Actos maker Takeda Pharmaceuticals faces speculation that Actos may significantly increase the risk of severe side effects like bladder cancer and cardiovascular risks like heart failure and heart disease. Actos currently carries a "black box" warning concerning the potential for the drug to cause or worsen congestive heart failure. In 2007, the journal Lancet published a study in which researchers found the risk of heart failure to be significantly higher in Actos patients, particularly in those with a history of heart disease or heart failure. In 2010, the American Heart Association journal published a study which indicated that patients taking Actos or Avandia were four percent more likely to experience heart attacks, heart failure or death, a significant percentage given the short study period.

Actos Attorneys for Heart Failure Side Effects

Heart failure is a serious chronic condition which prevents the heart from pumping blood to the rest of the body efficiently. If you or a loved one has suffered from a life-threatening side effect like heart failure, which you believe to be linked to Actos, contact an Actos attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical expenses, which you can collect by filing an Actos lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Drug companies like Takeda are responsible for the safety of their medications, and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their medications in order to make their products more appealing to the public. By hiring an experienced Actos lawyer to represent your case, you can collect the compensation you deserve and protect yourself from further harm.

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