Emergency Room Visits and the Diabetes Drug Actos
A new study shows that adverse drug reactions in older Americans come from only a few categories of Drugs. One of the categories includes Actos, a diabetes drug linked to bladder cancer.
Startling new information was recently reported by the New England Journal of Medicine. The Journal studied emergency room visits due to adverse drug events in older Americans. Mainly, what drugs were causing those 65 years old and older to make Emergency Room visits and become hospitalized. What they found was that most of these hospitalizations came from common, heavily-prescribed medications. T hese medications can be broken down into 4 categories: anti-platelet, blood thinners, insulin lowering and blood sugar lowering medications. These categories include popular drugs like Warfarin, Plavix and Actos. Both the insulin and blood lowering medications are typically prescribed for diabetics, indicating that diabetics are susceptible to adverse drug reactions. The study looked at close to 100,000 emergency hospitalizations that the researchers thought were largely preventable.
The researchers said that seniors and doctors need to be especially vigilant when prescribing medications chronically, to ensure that they are effective. Doctors should monitor the patients and make adjustments as necessary to the dosage amounts. See the New England Journal of Medicine’s report at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1103053
Actos is used to regulate insulin levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. This study indicated that Actos is a contributor to emergency room visits caused by adverse drug events. Actos has a long history of side effects, first being linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, and more recently to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
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