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Actos Side Effects - Bladder Cancer

Actos is the brand name version of the chemical pioglitazone, which is sold by Japanese drug company Takeda Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diabetes. Although it was released in 1999, it became hugely popular in recent years after rival drug Avandia was recalled.

By 2010, Actos had become the most widely used diabetes drug in the world, taken by millions of patients. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that those taking the diabetes drug for extended periods may have a higher risk of serious Actos side effects.

In early clinical trials, several common side effects of Actos were identified, such as:

  • Nausea or loss of appetite
  • Headaches or blurred vision
  • Muscle pain and swollen joints
  • Sore throat or tooth/mouth pain
  • Dark urine or jaundice of the skin or eyes

However, studies in the United States, Canada and Europe now show that much more severe Actos side effects such as bladder cancer may occur with long-term use. Although experts have issued Actos safety warnings, the drug remains on the market.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos, you may be entitled to substantial compensation from an ongoing federal lawsuit. It is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal options. Contact us today.

The FDA has indicated that approximately 2 million patients in the United States took Actos in 2010 alone. In June of 2011, the European Medicines Agency reported a French study of nearly 180,000 people which showed long-term use of the drug could increase bladder cancer risks by as much as 40%.

Due to these dangerous Actos side effects, both France and Germany have banned future prescriptions. The FDA also issued an Actos bladder cancer warning in 2011, but has allowed it to stay on the market.

In April of 2012, Health Canada issued the latest warning of Actos side effects. According the British Medical Journal, researchers at McGill University in Montreal discovered that taking the drug for more than two years was associated with as much as an 83% increased risk of bladder cancer.

Experts predict as many as 10,000 patients may eventually be affected by bladder cancer linked to Actos. So far, more than 1,200 have filed a claim against Takeda in a special federal court, with trials expected to begin in 2014. Lawyers are still helping those affected file claims, and can discuss your case today.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, it is important to speak with a lawyer about the current litigation, whether your case qualifies, and how long you have to take action.

The Drug Risk Resource Center cautions that victims should seek a lawyer with the resources and experience necessary for complex defective drug litigation. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already handled Actos lawsuits.

Contact us today for more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to Actos, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.