Bladder Cancer and Actos, ActoPlus Met, Duetact

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted March 9, 2012


The longer diabetes patients use Actos, ActoPlus Met or Duetact, the greater their risk of developing bladder cancer may be. However, many users of these popular medications remain unaware or confused about the link between Actos and bladder cancer.

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals throughout the United States who are pursuing an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals over their failure to adequately warn about the risks associated with long term use of their medication.

Potential claims are being pursued for users of any of the following medications, which contact the active pharmaceutical ingredient pioglitazone:

  • Actos (pioglitazone)
  • ActoPlus Met (pioglitazone plus metformin)
  • ActoPlus Met XR (extended release version of pioglitazone plus metformin)
  • Duetact (pioglitazone plus glimepiride)

No one should stop taking a medication without first consulting their doctor, but individuals taking Actos, ActoPlus Met or Duetact should speak with their health care provider about the potential side effects and whether alternative medications may be available if it is determined that the benefits provided over other treatment options do not outweigh the Actos bladder cancer risks.

Individuals using the medication should contact their doctors immediately if they experience any signs of bladder cancer from Actos, such as:

  • Blood in the Urine
  • Red Color in the Urine
  • New or Worsening Urinary Urgency
  • Pain while Urinating


The Actos lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals believe they may be entitled to financial compensation as a result of Takeda’s failure to warn about the connection between Actos and bladder cancer. All claims are reviewed on a contingency fee basis, so there are no out-of-pocket expenses associated with hiring a law firm or investigating your case. Actos attorney fees are only received by our law firm if we are successful obtaining a recovery for you, a friend or family member.

To review a potential case, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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