Do you take Actos? Please read the article below about the possible risk of Actos causing bladder cancer. Please comment below about your reaction to this article.
Actos has been on the market for about 10 years, and has been shown to have a number of benefits. It works by decreasing insulin resistance, making it possible for more people to control their diabetes without or with a lower dose of insulin. It also may improve the patients’ cholesterol profiles. It is the third medication developed in its class: the first was withdrawn from the market because it was thought to have caused liver problems, and the second is currently under scrutiny because it is believed to be associated with an increase incidence of heart attacks.
People with diabetes need as many tools as possible to help control their disease. The FDA is in the process of balancing the risk of using Actos against its side effects, and to that end is trying to determine if Actos should be withdrawn from the market in the future. Some people believe Actos may be linked to an increase in bladder cancer. The FDA is thoroughly researching this possibility and will publish its results when they are determined, and then decide if it needs to take further action.
Physicians are deeply concerned about the health and well-being of all their patients, and that is the #1 reason doctors go to medical school and remain in practice. Doctors do their best to keep their patients informed abut developments related to their medications, and would never consider withholding pertinent information. Your health care provider has your best interests at heart. If you are currently taking Actos and have concerns, please discuss this with your health care professional.
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