Sold under the brand name Avandia®, rosiglitazone maleate is a prescription drug that is licensed to treat type 2 diabetes. It can be used alone or in combination with other diabetes medications. As part of a class of drugs called thiazolidinediones, rosiglitazone works by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels.
Rosiglitazone is sold in tablet form and is available in three strengths. It is generally taken once or twice a day. Although most people are able to take it without any problems, side effects are possible and may include:
- Upper respiratory infections (similar to the common cold)
- Swelling or water weight gain (edema).
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