A new study that was published recently shows that Avandia, a popular diabetes drug, may increase the risk of heart failure and heart attacks. The study also looked at the diabetes drug Actos. The study is in the Journal of American Medical Association.
According to studies involving some 19,000 people, Actos can cut the rate of heart attacks, stroke, and even death from heart disease by nearly 20%, though it may cause a slight increase in the rate of heart failure.
Avandia, on the other hand, in four studies of 14,000 people, increased the rate of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure by a whopping 42%. Thankfully the rate of cardiac deaths did not change
The study has created confusion for patients. It is advised that patients taking Avandia should discuss any medication changes with their doctor. They should not stop taking the drug with talking to their doctor first.