AVANDIA Reviews

Average Rating: 2.0 (99 Ratings)

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 4  Type 2 Diabetes Weight gain and pm thirst. If I get still in the evenings I will fall asleep 6-7pm I took generic Avandia from Canada, Europe, and India. Cost savings was dramatic. 100pills $199 M 65 4 years
4 2X D
8/3/2011
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 1  Told had Type 2 Diabetes My then 85 year old mother was told (out of the blue)she had Type II Diabetes by a PA after a high glucose reading; no one in our families have had diabetes. No discussion- no A1C info provided or tested. She took it for over a year and my siblings and I believe that was the start of her dementia symptoms. She was told in August of 2010 by a specialists that indeed, she did NOT have diabetes. She was put on this serious RX when she did not need it. She experienced headaches, anxiety, confusion. She seems much better now OFF of Avandia. This is a scary drug and doctors need to be sure to check to see if some of the old standby diabetes meds won't work just as well with fewer side effects. They also need to truly verify with proper tests that patients DO actually have diabetes before being so fast with the scripts. F 85
1X D
10/4/2010
 1  Diabetes Type 2 Extreme weight gain. Rapid heart rate up to 300bpm. Had ablation surgery about two weeks ago. Have already made a trip back to the hospital with severe chest pain and heart rate back at 200 to 300bpm. Not looking hopeful. May have to have another surgery. I have not taken Avandia since 2007. Been going back and forth to the ER since 2006. I have not found a doctor yet to agree that it was the Avandia caused this problem. They are scared. Glaxo may have threatened to hit them with a lawsuit. My family has no history of Heart disease. I had a CT scan of my heart and was told that I have the heart of someone in there late teens to early 20's. Attorneys will not acknowledge because I did not have a heart attack or die. I was told to come back after I have a heart attack. My quality of life has changed drastically. I have not been able to return to work yet. May not be able to. M 44 3.5 years
8mg 2X D
9/25/2010
 1  00000 Avandia -- Watch PANORAMA --- HARMFUL TO HEART --- 40
00000 1X D
9/6/2010
 1  Type 2 Diabetes Massive weight gain that i can not get off. Can't walk for very long. I requested to be taken off the drug 3 times before my specialist finally told me she was taking me off of it. I have been off of it for over a year and still have the weight gain, trouble walking and have certainly start having my heart race so fast I feel as though it is going to come right out of my chest. This drug should be taken off the market before it causes more trouble. F 55 1.5 years
2mg 1X D
8/9/2010
 1  diabetes II swollen ankles and legs, chills, shortness of breath, extreme tiredness, could not walk more than 10 minutes without extreme pain in legs, 35lb weight gain. I hate it, I wished my doctor had never put me on it. It was "KILLING" me. Yes, killing me. F 57 1 years
8mg 1X D
8/4/2010
 1  DM2 I started to experience chest pains a few years after taking this drug. (avandamet) I would describe the chest pain as heaviness and aching that would leave me with a feeling of anxiety. I would also feel palpitations and an irregular heart beat. My heart would speed up and then slow even when i would be sitting in bed or asleep. The pain would not be relieved by rest and would come at any time and last for hours sometimes. I was having chest pains so severe one day that I checked myself into the ER. I was monitored and had an ECG done along with other blood tests, but they all came back normal. I have been complaining of these pains for years to friends, family and my doctors and all of them accused me of lying or exaggerating! I am so happy to hear I am not crazy! I got off of avandamet let year and since then I have been controlling my sugars with other meds. The chest pains have started to die down a bit, but they have not gone away! I'm scared! F 28 7 years
4mg 2X D
7/16/2010
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 2  Diabetes 2 Much weight gain and 2 MRSA infections. A relative who is a research scientist for Genentec told me 2 years ago that this drug may not be a good one for me to take. This was after two infections later. 64 2 years
40 MG 1X D
6/28/2010
 3  hypoglycemia RAPID WEIGHT GAIN, PAIN IN MY CHEST, EYES, LEGS, FEET, JOINTS, HANDS, CALF STIFFNESS, SHORTAGE OF BREATH, STOMACHE PROBLEMS, BLURRED VISION, KNEES POPPING, RAPID HEART. I AM A FIT 27-YEAR-OLD, 5'8 AND WEIGHED 127LBS. AFTER MY DOCTOR STARTED ME ON AVANDIA BECAUSE OF MY LOW BLOOD SUGAR.I DID NOT NOTICE ANY SIDE EFFECTS UNTIL A FEW WEEKS LATER I STARTED TO FEEL PAIN ALL OVER MY BODY AND STARTED TO GAIN WEIGHT RAPIDLY.GAINED 20 LBS IN 5 MONTHS. I GOT RID OF MY HYPOGLYCEMIA SYPTOMS BUT ENDED UP WITH HORRIBLE AVANDIA SIDE EFFECTS. I DON'T KNOW WHICH IS WORSE.I KEPT EXERCISING AND EATING HEALTHY BUT STILL PACKED ON POUNDS. FINALLY I QUIT TAKING IT YESTERDAY WAS MY LAST PILL. HOPEFULLY I WILL GET MY BODY BACK IN SHAPE. F 27 5 months
4mg 1X D
5/13/2010
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 1  diabetes heart problems, lack of energy I was taking Avandia for six months and was very disturbed when I saw the US Senate report that tied Avandia to heart attacks. My family suffers from heart disease and I had been feeling pain in my chest as well, so I talked to my doctor and he took me off of it and put me on Byetta. I found a great website called dgmslaw.com/avandia that has some good information about lawsuits people are taking against the drug company M 55 6 months
8mg 1X D
3/29/2010
 1  diabetes extremely tired most of time. Much weight gain. Hair thinning, legs and feet swell,taste buds changed. Severe stomach aches every time I take this, last all night. When I first heard about the concern of Avandia side effects (2yr ago)and that anyone taking it should discontinue, I took the article to my doctor. She replied she was not concerned, in fact she DOUBLED my dose. I was furious, but I figured she is the doctor, she should know what she is doing. I don't see any positives from this med. F 74 3 years
4(8tl) 2X D
3/20/2010
 1  type II diabetes I have gained so much weight and I feel like it is mostly fluid. My left ankle is swollen and top of left foot is very painful. I feel as if I have absolutely no energy. I swear I have been eating small portions and low caloric food but I keep on gaining weight. My legs hurt in the joints. I used to love to walk and now I get out of breath and feel as if I cannot go a step further sometimes. About 6 months ago I told my doctor that I read the warnings about this drug and that I took myself off the medicine. He told me that the Type 2 was more dangerous and convinced me to stay on the med. I feel so terrible that I am taking myself off again until I see my doctor in April. I feel awful. F 56 1 years
2X D
3/16/2010
 1  Diabetes Type 2 With Avandia and Metforming: Swollen right ankle, weight gain, chest discomfort, sensitivity to the sun (pins and needles) . When taken off Metforming and put on Avandia and Januvia my weight ballooned from 150 Lb. to 171 Lb. I was put back on Metforming but my weight never returned to 150 Lb. (I was eating small meals.) Even though I clearly had classical Avandia side effects my now ex-doctor refused to take me off the drug. By the way, he did the same thing with Crestor. I had terrible side effects (shoulder, elbow and left hip P-A-I-N #@%!). Since Crestor was not part of my insurance formulary he had to take me off and put me on Zocor. My pains melted away as if by magic. But I am not done with this so called doctor, yet - for I am reporting him to my Insurance Company (Humana TriCare). I feel he is on the take(kickbacks from drug companies). M 61 7 years
8 MG 1X D
3/6/2010
 1  type 2 Very Fast HR 300+ Dig. With atrifibulation ER 4 or 5 times Cardioinvertion twice (padeled to stop hart) one atroablasion (arc welding inside hart)to stop atrofluter year ago still was going in and out afib stopped taking Avandia 2 month's ago no more atrofib??? Worst drug ever Unlisted side efects almost Killed Me not to mention weight gain and fealing tired all the time. M 55 6 years
4/5 mll 1X D
2/24/2010
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 4  Type 2 Diabetic No apparent effects. Initial 2000 mg of Glucophage/Metforin was not enough and Avandia was added to stablize blood sugars. Never experienced weight gain as attributed to Avandia. Eating habits/exercise and aging have caused me to be placed on Janumet then Glipizide after 5 years from initial diagnosis to stabilize blood sugars but Dr did not want to increase Avandia due to potential weight gain. M 62 10 years
4 mg 1X D
2/20/2010
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 1  Type 2 Diabetes Iron deficiency anemia. Atrial fibrillation. Forty pounds of water weight. Left lung filled with fluid restricting breathing. Congestive heart failure. First 2 years the dosage was set at 2mg but my doctor was not satisfied with my average glucose levels so he increased the dosage to 8mg. I began retaining fluids and had two incidents of emergency room visits with congestive heart failure. Was hospitalized in the seventh year with the symptoms listed. At that time I was taken off Avandia (Rosiglitazone) given blood,gamma-globulin, and Lasix. I strongly recommend this drug (Avandia/Rosiglitazone) be discontinued. M 68 7 years
8mg 1X D
2/7/2010
 1  type 2 My Mother passed away after taking this med. Side effects to the Max. Not something I would wish on my worst enemy. Could it of been prevented if My Family And I were more informed about that drug avandia???????? I wish I would have known about the side effects with the propper warning!!!! F 59 4 years
10/10/2009
 3  diabetes type 2 Weight gain; heaviness in legs. Increased belly fat. Suspected it as cause of new muscle pain I previously did not have. Knocking myself out trying to control weight and still gained. This kind of gain is not how I normally gain weight. Weight continued to climb in spite of increased exercise: 7 days a week with excellent diet control. Lost weight when Dr. took me off it in '07 scare. Blood sugar levels went up and he put me back on it. Weight came back. F 57 5 years
6/19/2009
 1  type II diabetes constant hunger pangs- 10 weight gain in 2 months F 57 3 months
6/14/2009
 1  type 2 diabetic After taking 8mg for 7 months, legs swollen to twice the size, fluid retention, heart flutters, pain in all joints, swollen knees, severe weight gain 2 stone in 7 months. difficulty in walking. Was taking 4 mg for 7 years symptoms started from then. As i have arthritis was told to get weight off, so went on diet and exercise program still weight going on . After reading other comments i am not going to take rosiglitazone ( Avandia) no more. F 58 7 years
6/7/2009
  

AVANDIA  (ROSIGLITAZONE MALEATE):  Rosiglitazone is used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Rosiglitazone belongs to the class of drugs known as glitazones. It lowers blood sugar by helping to restore your body's proper response to insulin.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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