A: Actos patients are constantly under threat of life-altering side effects. Not only has Actos received an FDA black box warning for causing heart problems, but the drug has recently come under fire for its links to bladder cancer, fractures-and now liver toxicity and renal failure.
While Actos patients are certainly at risk, that is not to say that they will certainly experience these side effects. It does mean that patients must remain hyper-vigilant about their care, including recognizing the symptoms and demanding consistent and through health care to avoid a life-threatening response to the drug.
Here are a few ways you can reduce the risk of serious liver damage while taking Actos in Florida:
- Liver function tests: It is vital that your doctor perform tests before prescribing Actos, and every three to six months for the entire duration that you are taking it. If these tests show increased enzymes in the liver, your doctor should recommend other options to control your blood sugar.
- Know your symptoms: If you experience a fever, rash, jaundice, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, abnormal stools or fatigue, visit your physician immediately. Remember: you are in charge of your own health. If you choose to stop taking Actos, your doctor should respect your decision and help you explore other options.
- Stop at the first signs: There may not be a way to repair the damage done to your system, but you can stop your liver from deteriorating before it gets to the point of renal failure or bladder cancer. Don’t let any symptom go unchecked by a doctor.