Avandia is the brand name for Rosiglitazone, a drug that assists in regulating blood sugar and is used to treat type 2 diabetes, the most widely recognized type of diabetes where the blood has high levels of glucose or sugar. This drug is usually prescribed with diet and exercise.

Because of the risks of this drug such as fatal heart attacks, and if you experience any changes that are out of the ordinary before you took the drug including swelling in your limbs, dry cough, or extreme fatigue, consult your doctor, who will guide you through the new restrictions placed on this drug by the Food and Drug Administration.

Background on the drug shows that the makers, SmithKline Beecham, had hidden a study that showed the drug’s health risks. This company merged with other corporations to form GlaxoSmithKline, which in turn has agreed to settle about 20,000 lawsuits in February 2012.

Avandia sales to the public started in May, 1999 and the makers are continuing further studies on the drug.

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