Actos is a prescription medication designed to help control symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Actos works by increasing sensitivity to insulin and how the body reacts to insulin. Actos side effects vary based on the individual and their health history and range from mild to life-threatening. Studies demonstrated patients who took Actos may be at an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
It often affects older individuals and is likely to reoccur even with treatment. The bladder is an organ located in the pelvis that stores urine and initial symptoms that are cause for concern frequently involve problems with urination. These symptoms include blood or painful urination and abdominal and back pain. Although the cause of bladder cancer is not known there are recognized risk factors. Factors in addition to old age that contribute to an increased risk of bladder cancer include smoking, exposure to certain chemicals in the workplace, and chronic urinary tract infections and inflammations.
There are four stages of bladder cancer and your doctor will utilize a variety of tests and procedures to determine whether or not a diagnosis of bladder cancer is appropriate. Treatment depends on the stage of cancer and where the cells are located. Surgery is recommended for earlier stages and your doctor may choose to remove only the tumor or the tumor and a small section of the bladder where the cancer is located. More advanced stages of cancer require invasive procedures such as complete removal of the bladder and creation of a new way to expel urine. Chemotherapy and radiation are possible treatments for bladder cancer as well.
Individuals who have experienced serious side effects of Actos such as bladder cancer or increased heart risks should consider contacting a lawyer to investigate a potential Actos lawsuit. The physical, psychological and financial implications of Actos side effects can greatly impact your life and the lives of loved ones. It is imperative to contact an experienced attorney to evaluate whether or not seeking legal compensation is viable option in your specific case.