The FDA Safety Alert follows a study appearing in the June 14, 2007 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted by two doctors at the Cleveland Clinic who evaluated 42 studies. Those studies compared patients taking Avandia with those who were not. The overall study involved 28,000 patients, 15,560 of whom were taking Avandia. The study concludes that patients taking Avandia face a 43% increased risk of heart attack, and a 64% increased risk of dying from heart-related (cardiovascular) disease.
In February 2010, the FDA announced it was currently reviewing reports that Avandia may lead to an increased risk of stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel supplying oxygen to the brain is either blocked, typically by a blood clot, or bursts. As a result, that particular region of the brain does not receive the necessary oxygen to function properly, and brain cells begin to die.
According to recent FDA reports, Avandia may affect several body functions which may increase your risk of stroke, including:
- Impacting cholesterol levels
- Increasing the heart’s demand for oxygen
- Lowering hemoglobin levels
- Increasing psychological stress
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