Actos is a popular drug to treat Type 2 diabetes. However, it is not without risks. While there is not yet a definitive answer as to why Actos causes bladder cancer, a connection has been made between the drug and the development of this dangerous disease.
Currently, Actos remains on the market in the United States despite adverse FDA reports on Actos drug. In August 2011, the Actos label was changed to recommend that the drug not be used in patients who have active bladder cancer. The label change also recommended that caution be used in patients who have previously had bladder cancer.
What does the label change mean for you if you have already had bladder cancer? Should you take Actos? Is it safe? It is important to talk to your doctor about your concerns and about how best to manage your risk of bladder cancer and your Type 2 diabetes so that you can make informed decisions about your health.