Actos® Bladder Cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that use of the diabetes drug Actos® (pioglitazone) has been associated with serious health problems. Canadian researchers found that patients who took Actos had an 83 percent increase in their risk of developing bladder cancer, while the risk for patients who used the drug for two or more years increased by 88 percent.
The FDA urges patients who have taken Actos to contact a medical professional immediately if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- blood or red color in urine,
- urgent need to urinate or pain while urinating,
- and pain in back or lower abdomen.
Information about the risk of bladder cancer associated with Actos has been added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label for pioglitazone-containing medicines as well as the patient medication guide.
Different Products, Same Risk
The active ingredient in Actos (pioglitazone) also is sold in combination with metformin (Actoplus Met®, Actoplus Met XR®) and glimepiride (Duetact®). From January 2010 through October 2010, approximately 2.3 million patients filled a prescription for a pioglitazone-containing product from outpatient retail pharmacies.
Get the Help You Deserve
If you or someone you love has taken a diabetes medication containing pioglitazone and was diagnosed with a serious health problem such as bladder cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris at (800) 852-6299 or fill out a free initial consultation form.
Never stop taking any medication without first consulting your doctor. Actos®, Actoplus Met®, Actoplus Met XR®, and Duetact® are registered trademarks of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and are used here only for the purpose of identifying the products in question. Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.
If you or a loved one took Actos and developed bladder cancer, it’s easy to get the help you need—the Actos bladder cancer lawyers at Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris are ready to fight for you. Pick up the phone and call us at (800) 852-6299 or fill out our free initial consultation form.
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