Type 2 diabetes is a condition that has no cure. But it can be managed with exercise, careful dieting, clean living and adjunctive medicine. If you are intent on using Avandia as your adjunctive therapy medicine for type 2 diabetes, be aware that Avandia side effects may occur.
Some Avandia side effects are mild. If you should experience any of these symptoms, simply continue taking the medicine, and just talk to your doctor about the symptoms during your next checkup: back pain, headache, sneezing, coughing, or any cold or flu-like symptom, and mild diarrhea.
Since Avandia could cause water retention, weight gain is a common side effect, but as long as the weight gain is gradual, there is no reason to stop taking Avandia. Healthy eating and exercise should be able to remedy this condition. If it does not, refer the matter to your doctor. Obesity may be expected if the weight gain is not controlled. If you notice that you are gaining weight at an alarming rate, it is also best to inform your physician, but do not stop taking the medicine without your doctor's recommendation.
This medicine may also have some serious side effects. If these symptoms become manifest, you should seek emergency medical treatment: shortness of breath even with very little physical exertion, chest pains, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, profuse sweating, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appatite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), clay-colored stools, dark-colored urine, abnormally frequent urination, blurred vision, excessive and frequent thirst or hunger, easy bruising or bleeding, and a general weak and ill feeling.
A greater chance of incurring fractures in the upper arms, legs and feet has also been observed in female patients taking Avandia. While it may also occur among men, women have shown a higher risk of suffering these fractures.
Do not take this medicine for therapeutic purposes if you have type 1 diabetes. You should also get your blood sugar checked up regularly while you are taking Avandia.
Avandia has been classified under FDA pregnancy category C, which means it may be harmful to an unborn baby. If you are pregnant, or if you plan to be pregnant, during the course of treatment, inform your doctor. It is not known whether or not Avandia will also pass into breastmilk, but it is still safest to talk to your doctor about taking this medication if you are breast-feeding.
This medicine has also been associated with a slightly higher risk of heart attacks. Patients who are at risk of developing heart problems, or are already suffering from heart problems, are cautioned to consult their doctors before taking this medicine. If you have undergone or are about to undergo any form of surgery while taking Avandia, your doctor may wish to adjust your dosage or recommend that you stop taking Avandia temporarily. The important thing is to take Avandia regularly; do not stop taking this medicine without the okay of your doctor, even if you are only experiencing some of the milder of Avandia side effects.