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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What You Need to Know About Diabetes Drugs -- Some Are More Dangerous Than Having Diabetes

What You Need to Know About Diabetes Drugs -- Some Are More Dangerous Than Having Diabetes
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death. People diagnosed with diabetes often take prescription drugs to keep the disease from leading to blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. But some diabetic drugs are so dangerous, they are on the list of the top 10 most dangerous drugs.

What you need to know

First of all, all medications have side effects. Second, no one should rely solely on prescription drugs to control their diabetes. Most doctors will also instruct their patients to eat healthy and exercise. But there are some diabetic drugs that are just plain dangerous. Even though they are on the market, they have not been around long enough to determine what the long-term side effects are.

The list includes new drugs such as Avandia, Actos, Byetta, and Januvia, and others. Just look at what some of the side effects can include:

  • Chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Liver failure
  • Increased risk of congestive heart failure and bladder cancer
  • Depression
  • Disabling joint pain
  • Pancreatitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • Death

One drug, Onglyza, has another potentially fatal side effect, heart failure, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Heart Association and the FDA.

So, if you are currently taking diabetic medications, make sure you ask your doctor about potentially dangerous side effects and the use of other, safer prescription drugs for diabetes.

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