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Forum Name: Valvular Heart Diseases

Question: Mitral Valve Prolapse


 Anonymous - Fri Dec 27, 2002 7:48 pm

I have mitral valve prolapse. Should I take Actos for diabetes?
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Sun Feb 09, 2003 9:53 pm

User avatar Dear May,

Thank you very much for using our website.

Actos is a new oral medication for treatment of diabetes. There is no contraindication in using actos if you have mitral valve prolapse.

Actos side effects on the heart include hypertrophy of the heart muscle and gaining fluid and weight. So if you have heart failure and symptomatic it is better not to use it.

The most common side effects though and the one any patient who will be using actos should be monitored for is liver problems and the liver enzymes have to be monitored regularly every 2 months during the first year of therapy at least.

Once more, thank you very much for using our website http://doctorslounge.com

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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