GlaxoSmithKline | Avandia (Medication)
Avandia/rosiglitazone is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus who have not responded to other diabetic medications and cannot take pioglitazone (Actos).
Rosiglitazone may be used alone or in combination with other types of antidiabetic drugs such as metformin. It is an oral drug that reduces the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is used for treating patients with type 2 diabetes and is in a class of anti-diabetic drugs called thiazolidinediones. ...
Avandia has been shown to cause mild to moderate accumulation of fluid (edema) and can lead to heart failure. Patients who already have heart failure may develop worsening symptoms with rosiglitazone.
The most common side effects seen with Avandia alone or in combination with metformin are upper respiratory tract infection, headache, back pain, hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar), fatigue, sinusitis, diarrhea, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). ...
Before using this medicine, consult your healthcare provider if you have:type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes), very high blood glucose (diabetic ketoacidosis), newly diagnosed or worsening heart failure (acute congestive heart failure), history of liver disease, active liver disease.
Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...