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UK researchers have warned diabetic consumers that Avandia (rosiglitazone) can cause a huge decrease in HDL's (good cholesterol) and an increase in fasting triglycerides. The balance is quickly restored however when drug use stops. However, Avandia also does produce a huge improvement in blood sugar control. This side effect was not observed amongst any of the 1400 patients involved in clinical trials and is thus probably quite rare. As a precaution, users of the drug should closely monitor their cholesterol levels.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health UK
About: Diabetes drug may cause lipid abnormalities in some
Date: 26 November 2004
Source: Reuters Health UK
Author: Megan Rauscher
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