I take 30 mg of actos (pioglitazone) for type 2 diabetes daily. It has been linked to increased risk of bladder cancer in person taking actos (pioglitazone). Is actors safe?

See answer. There has been a slight excess of bladder cancers detected in patients who have taken Actos (pioglitazone) compared to others who do not. This appears to be time and dose dependent. Very few people who take Actos (pioglitazone) will develop bladder cancer. However there are many alternatives so it makes sense to switch to another drug if that will be effective , .

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What are symtoms of bladder cancer? I had some bleeding, under ware stained been checked for infections don't have any vd, had my insides taken out years ago, burning iching lower pain, have taken the med actos, (pioglitazone)

The . The most common symptoms of bladder cancer are: - blood in the urine - usually not painful (9 out of 10 people with bladder cancer will have this) - urinating small amounts frequently - pain during urination - frequent urinary tract infections as you can see, those symptoms are pretty vague and many other more common illnesses can have the same symptoms such as a urinary tract infection, kidney or bladder stone, or a sexually transmitted disease just to name a few. Some people also have: - weight loss - a lump or mass in the pelvic area - flank pain - bone pain - swelling in the lower legs - anemia if your symptoms are not improving, see your doctor again. If they are not sure what is going on, then it might be helpful to see a specialist such as a urologist. Good luck! Read more...
Hematuria. While blood in the urine needs to be worked up by a urologist, Actos (pioglitazone) has not been convincingly associated with bladder cancer. You should see a urologist for evaluation. Read more...

Is what they are saying about actos (pioglitazone) causing bladder cancer true?

Unfortunately yes. On june 15, 2011 the U.S. Fda announced that pioglitazone/actos use for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Information about this risk will be added to the warnings and precautions section of the label for pioglitazone-containing medicines. The patient medication guide for these medicines will also be revised to include this information. Read more...
Possibly. There is evidence of an excess number of cases of bladder cancer in patients who have taken the drug Actos (pioglitazone) compared to what might normally be expected in a large group of people. Epidemiologic research in this regard continues, but it may be prudent for those who have taken the drug for longer than 1 year to be screened for this, especially in patients with other risk factors such as smoking. Read more...

Why is actos (pioglitazone) still on market although it's confirmed to cause bladder cancer?

Not conclusive. There is not confirmation that it causes bladder cancer. The study you are mentioning was done in france where there is a very high percentage of smokers. Smoking can increase the level of bladder cancer. Kaiser is currently doing a large study to see if there is any association. Most of us still use Actos (pioglitazone) with our patients. Diabetes can be a bad disease also. Read more...