Bladder Cancer Symptoms
Patients using the diabetes drug Actos should be aware that the FDA has determined that there is a heightened risk of bladder cancer among long-term and high-dosage users of the drug. Actos users should examine themselves for symptoms of bladder cancer and discuss their concerns with their doctor, particularly if they have been taking the drug for longer than a year.
Actos Bladder Cancer Symptoms
Actos bladder cancer symptoms include changes in the color of the urine, blood in the urine, pain when urinating, more frequent urination, and incontinence. Other symptoms may be less obvious, such as weight loss, fatigue, and pain in the bones and/or abdomen.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Co., the companies that manufacture Actos, face potentially thousands of claims that their drug causes bladder cancer and congestive heart failure in patients. Federal lawsuits were recently consolidated in the state of Louisiana, where federal judge Rebecca Doherty will preside over the trials beginning this year, as well as in California under state court judge Carl J. West. Takeda also faces a “whistleblower” lawsuit claiming that the company directed its employees to downplay the potential side effects of Actos.
Actos Pulled from European Markets
Regulators in France and Germany pulled Actos from markets after government-funded studies concluded that the drug increased patients’ likelihood of developing bladder cancer. In America, the FDA currently recommends that patients using Actos continue to do so unless otherwise directed by their doctor, but that doctors should avoid prescribing Actos to patients with a history of bladder cancer. Actos will be packaged with information regarding the elevated risk of experiencing bladder cancer symptoms.
Although the FDA has not concluded that Actos directly causes bladder cancer, patients should still be aware of symptoms and pay attention to any changes in their health. Patients who are already susceptible to bladder cancer should be particularly alert to potential symptoms of bladder cancer. This includes people who experience frequent bladder infections, smokers, men, the elderly, and anyone with a family history of bladder cancer.