Bladder cancer and heart failure are among serious Actos side effects potentially associated with the Type 2 diabetes medication.
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Actos is an oral medication indicated to treat Type 2 diabetes. Launched in 1998, the drug was a blockbuster for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and at one point accounted for a quarter of the company’s sales.
Clinical trials for Actos involved more than 10,000 patients. A variety of mild to severe side effects were reported during the studies, ranging from headaches to heart failure. Those most commonly associated with Actos include:
During clinical trials for Actos, drug-induced tumors were observed in the urinary bladders of male and female rats. In June 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that long-term use of Actos for a year or more had been linked to a 40% increased risk for bladder cancer. The agency’s warning followed d the release of five-year interim results from 10-year study conducted by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. New information regarding a possible increased risk of bladder cancer would be added to the “Warning and Precautions” section of the Actos label, as well as other diabetes medications that contain pioglitazone.
That same month, regulators in France and Germany suspended sales of Actos because of its potential association with bladder cancer. Takeda would eventually recall Actos from those markets.
Thousands of people have filed Actos lawsuits in the U.S. after allegedly developing bladder cancer related to its use. In September 2015, Takeda finalized a $2.37 billion settlement that would resolve many of those claims. Read More
According to a Black Box Warning on the Actos label, the drug has been linked to congestive heart failure in patients with and without pre-exisiting heart problems. Weight gain and water retention (edema) are both Actos side effects, and are know to contribute to heart problems.
Macular Edema, a type of swelling that occurs at the back of the eye, has been reported in Actos patients. Type 2 diabetics should undergo regular eye exams, and those taking Actos should contact their doctor if they experience any acute vision problems.
One Actos study suggested that women taking the drug were more likely to experience bone fractures, especially fractures involving the hands, upper arms and feet. During follow-up, 5.1 of Actos users experienced such fractures compared to 2.5 percent for placebo users.
Actos has been associated with reports of fatal and non-fatal liver failure. Periodic monitoring of liver enzymes is recommended. Actos should be stopped in patients who show signs of jaundice.
Research published in PLoS One in 2014 suggested that Actos side effects might include chronic kidney disease. The study involved 35,000 people with diabetes, and revealed that 8% of those taking Actos developed the condition.
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