Avandia

(rosiglitazone)

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Controls blood sugar.

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Avandia (rosiglitazone) is a good medicine for controlling blood sugar that can be taken once daily, but it can cause weight gain.

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Quick facts about Avandia
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Avandia (rosiglitazone) effectively controls blood sugar levels, with a low risk of severely low blood sugar.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
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Downsides

  • Not recommended as a first choice drug for lowering blood sugar because it has many side effects.
  • Avandia (rosiglitazone) may cause weight gain.
  • May not be good for people with heart or liver problems.
  • Not recommended in children under 18 years old.
  • Can cause ovulation in women who don't have regular periods.
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How it works

Avandia (rosiglitazone) is an antidiabetic medicine that lowers your blood sugar by making your body more sensitive to insulin which removes sugar from the blood.

Quick facts about Avandia
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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What to expect when you take Avandia (rosiglitazone) for Type 2 diabetes

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  • Bone fractures
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Common cold
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Side effect rates for Avandia (rosiglitazone)

From 3127 clinical trials of Avandia when taken for type 2 diabetes
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    10%10%
    9%9%
  • Bone fractures
    9%9%
  • Injury
    8%8%
    4%4%
  • Headache
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Common cold
    6%6%
  • Water retention and swelling
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Back pain
    5%5%
  • Joint pain
    5%5%
  • Back pain
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • High blood sugar
    4%4%
    6%6%
  • Fatigue
    4%4%
    5%5%
  • High blood pressure
    4%4%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    4%4%
  • Sinus infection
    3%3%
    5%5%
  • Low blood sugar
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
  • Anemia
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Risks and Warnings for Avandia (rosiglitazone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart failure

    Avandia (rosiglitazone) can cause fluid to build up in your body that can lead to or worsen congestive heart failure. If you already have heart failure, you shouldn't take Avandia (rosiglitazone). Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden weight gain, swelling, or trouble breathing, especially if you're not exercising.Your doctor should follow your weight closely when you start Avandia (rosiglitazone).

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Avandia (rosiglitazone)

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Food
  • You can take Avandia (rosiglitazone) with or without food.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
Pain
  • Rarely, Avandia (rosiglitazone) can cause liver damage which can be serious. Your doctor will make sure your liver is healthy before you start Avandia (rosiglitazone). Talk to your doctor right away if you suddenly notice abdominal pain, loss of appetite, or very dark urine.
Weight
  • Avandia (rosiglitazone) can cause weight gain. If you notice a sudden increase in your weight and have trouble breathing, talk to your doctor right away since that could be a serious side effect.
  • Avandia (rosiglitazone) may cause weight gain.