Actos Diabetes & Liver Failure Attorney
Diabetes affects every cell and every vital organ of the human body. One of those affected organs is your liver. Unfortunately, liver damage caused by diabetes could complicate to liver failure from Actos.
Diabetes lessens the ability of the body to metabolize sugar and regulate blood sugar levels. Since it affects the entire body, diabetes can quietly damage internal organs and the vascular system before it is even diagnosed.
At about three pounds, your liver sits behind your ribs on the right side. Responsible for filtering blood, medications and chemicals, the liver is damaged by the underlying causes of diabetes —obesity and insulin resistance.
Diabetics often suffer a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is essentially inflammation of liver cells that cause the liver to enlarge when fat builds up. Liver enlargement can eventually lead to scarring, liver cancer or liver failure.
Thiazolidinediones (TZD) are a class of diabetes drugs implicated in liver failure. As a TZD, pioglitazone is part of that category. Interestingly, use of Actos may prove beneficial in reducing the liver fat of NAFLD. However, understanding Actos risks means understanding the drug can also alter and cause liver enzymes to rise, thus damaging the liver.
Symptoms of liver disease vary. They may appear gradually or suddenly, including:
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes)
- Mental confusion
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swollen abdomen
If you are currently prescribed Actos, or took Actos for over a year and are diagnosed with liver dysfunction, talk to us. Like diabetes, injury from a defective drug affects all parts of your life, as well as your future. When you need experienced and tenacious legal representation, contact Our Law Firm.