The last article I read (this was back when they took it off the market--I don't know if they've done any follow-up studies to revise this or not) said that the risk of getting the severe heart damage was exceedingly low. I mean really, really exceedingly low. Of course, people with any kind of heart problems at all shouldn't touch it, but I'm glad they're letting people who have to have it to function get it again. I mean, for some people it's this or a colon resection or outright colostomy, which is dangerous in its own right. Of course, it would be nice if they could find something else to replace it with that has less side effects all around.
Has anyone noticed that they've been pulling a lot of medicines lately due to health risks? I'm wondering why they're not catching these things earlier on in studies. My husband has quit taking Avandia because they're talking about giving it the black box warning. I asked him what was the point in trying to control your blood sugar if the medicine that controls it can mess up your heart just as much as letting it be uncontrolled? He said he didn't know, but he's on two other blood sugar medicines and he's going to get lower carb and start working more around the house on the weekends to keep his sugar in check and stay away from the Avandia. So far so good with that plan.