What is Actos?
What is Actos Used For?
You may have heard about the thousands of Actos lawsuits being filed in the U.S. and wondered what is Actos?
Actos is a prescription oral medication used to treat Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Sometimes used in conjunction with other diabetes treatments, Actos helps keep blood sugar levels in check,
Controlling blood sugar levels is critical to the prevention of other health conditions, such as kidney damage, blindness, nerve damage, sexual dysfunction, heart attack and stroke. In the U.S, Mexican-American adults are two times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes, (also known as adult-onset diabetes) occurs when the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes effectively. Typically, Type 2 diabetes develops after the age of 40, but it is on the rise among children and adolescents.
Actos Side Effects
Originally released by Takeda Pharmaceuticals in 1999, Actos was hailed and marketed as a safer way to keep Type 2 diabetes in check. As with most pharmaceuticals, Actos use has its share of side effects. we
The following is a list of common Actos side effects. Although they may seem mild, it’s important to see your doctor right away if you experience:
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
- Weight gain
- Tooth problems
- Blurry vision
- Bone fracture
Actos has also been linked to much more serious health conditions. Early clinical drugs prior to its release showed that Actos caused a significant number of serious heart problems among participants who had been treated with it.
In 2001, Canadian health officials released a health advisory, warning of the link between Actos and heart failure, pulmonary edema and pleural effusion. Additionally, the use of Actos has been linked to liver disease.
Most recently, however, Actos has received national attention for its link to bladder cancer. As a result of the Actos bladder cancer link, the drug was banned from use in France and Germany in 2011. In August 2011, the FDA issued a health warning about Actos and bladder cancer. At the time, research showed that taking Actos for more than a year increased the risk of bladder cancer by 40 percent. However, a 2012 study by the British Medical Journal affirmed that Type 2 diabetes patients treated with Actos had an 83 percent higher risk for bladder cancer than those who had never been treated with this type of drug.
If caught in its early stages, the treatment of Actos bladder cancer has a greater chance of being treated more successfully. See your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms of Actos bladder cancer:
- Stomach pain
- Blood in urine
- Painful urination
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling or rapid weight gain
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Clay-colored stools
More than 3,000 Actos lawsuits in the U.S. have been filed against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. in Louisiana, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, California and other states, with about 1,300 pending in U.S. federal courts. Thousands more Actos lawsuits are being filed in state courts across the country, and it’s estimated that the number of lawsuits could climb to 10,000 in the near future.
Many of the plaintiffs in Actos lawsuits are claiming that Takeda neglected to inform consumers of the Actos bladder cancer link, and that Takeda purposely delayed issuing warnings because it was making about $1.6 billion in revenues a year from Actos alone. Some of the plaintiffs involve spouses and loved ones who have died from bladder cancer after taking Actos.
Treatment of Actos bladder cancer can involve expensive medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, and surgeries. Depending on the circumstances of the case, an Actos lawsuit could seek financial compensation for:
- Current & future medical expenses
- Current and future loss of wages
- Reduced quality of life
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of consortium (future family benefits)
Recently, the first U.S. Actos lawsuit went to trial in April, 2013, and the plaintiff was awarded $6.5 million in damages. Millions of diabetes patients who have taken Actos for more than a year have been put at risk of serious health conditions that are tremendously painful and costly.
If this has happened to you or a loved one, the attorneys at 1-800-THE-LAW2 can help you fight back. They have years of experience holding accountable large pharmaceutical companies like Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and could help you get your life back on track.