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Hundreds of thousands of mostly overweight people are taking Avandia and Actos. They just learned that it is linked to heart failure. Can you think of a worse group of people to risk heart failure?
The drugs are prescribed by doctors for type II diabetes. Their use has doubled in the past three years as a consequence of a growing obesity problem. In 2006, 1.8m prescriptions were written across the UKAs many as one in every 50 patients taking the drugs Avandia (rosiglitazone) and Actos (pioglitazone) over a period of 26 months will have to be hospitalised for heart failure.

The class of drugs, they say in the journal Diabetes Care, doubles the risk of heart failure, and even those with no history of heart problems are affected.

This promises to be a huge mess for British company GlaxoSmithKline and Takeda, who manufacture the drugs. It is akin to Vioxx. You want to see your doctor ASAP if you’re taking either of these drugs.

Diabetes drugs can cause heart failure. Talk to your doctor, now.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Drugs, Medical Devices, and Implants.

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