Even though I was doing great on Avandia, with no problems, my doctor in Louisville switched me to another diabetes drug when the FDA put out a warning about Avandia in 2010. I would love to switch back; I had fewer side effects on Avandia. Given its history, though, would I be a fool to take the risk?

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Only your doctor can answer that question honestly for you by weighing the pros and cons of using Avandia for your particular severity of diabetes. Since 2010, doctors have been restricted to prescribing Avandia to only the sickest diabetes patients when they are unable to tolerate other medications or the drugs just don’t work for them.

You were one of the luckier Avandia patients. According to an article in The New York Times, a well-known cardiologist analyzed 50 studies and found a pronounced increase in the risk of heart attack in Avandia users. The same article claimed that one study linked Avandia to more than 47,000 cases of heart attack, stroke, or heart failure from 1999 to 2009.

Count your blessings that you were not among those statistics. If you are not happy with the diabetes medication you are on, talk to your doctor about alternatives, but avoid a drug that has garnered such serious criticism from respected medical professionals.

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