The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made public a link between the anti-diabetic medication Actos, which is used to treat type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of bladder cancer. In addition to announcing the link between Actos and bladder cancer, the FDA also announced symptoms that cancer can cause.

The Symptoms of Actos-Caused Bladder Cancerbladder cancer illustration

Actos-caused bladder cancer symptoms are consistent with many of the symptoms of bladder cancers that are brought about by other causes. The FDA noted five specific symptoms:

  • An urgent need to urinate
  • Blood in urine
  • Painful urination
  • Urine that’s tinted red
  • Lower abdominal or back pain

Patients with These Symptoms Should Consult a Doctor

Per the FDA, any or all of these symptoms may indicate bladder cancer caused by Actos. Therefore, anyone who is currently taking or has previously taken Actos, and is experiencing one or more of these symptoms should consult a doctor. The symptoms don’t necessarily indicate bladder cancer, as they can be signs of other medical conditions. Whether the cause is bladder cancer, however, should be promptly determined so treatment can begin if cancer is indeed the cause.

Patients who don’t know what doctor to see about potential Actos-caused bladder cancer may want to talk with one of the following doctors:

  • the doctor who oversaw the administration of Actos
  • an oncologist, who specializes in cancer treatment
  • a urologist, who specializes in medical conditions of the urinary tract
  • their primary care physician, who can recommend a specialist

Both men and women can see a urologist, even though they tend to treat men more frequently than women.

Even if a patient’s insurance doesn’t require a referral from their primary care provider to see a specialist, the primary care provider should always be informed about diagnosis made by other doctors. Primary care providers can only coordinate care if they’re kept abreast of any changes in a patient’s medical record or treatment.

Patients with Actos-Caused Bladder Cancer Should Contact an Attorney

If you’re diagnosed with bladder cancer and have taken Actos (or are still on the medication), call one of our attorneys in Charlotte, NC. With the FDA’s statement, patients who are suffering from bladder cancer and took Actos have a strong claim. At Campbell & Associates, we have some of the leading medical malpractice lawyers in the state, including Actos attorneys who are specifically studying the circumstances surrounding this finding and developing cases to represent victims’ claims.