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FOR PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES I an rosiglitazone maleate "Every big hug makes me glad I take care of my diabetes." "My granddaughter sure knows how to make my day. Her face lights up when she sees me. Then, she dishes out those hugs and that'swhat really makes me want to take care of my diabetes. "I've got my routine down: I stay active, and try my best to eat healthier meals. To help me stay on track, my doctor added Avandia. Itmakes my body more responsive to its own natural insulin, so I can control my blood sugar more effectively. "Istarted on Avandia over a year ago. And while not everyone gets the same results, my blood sugar has never been better. I know Avandia is helping me to be stronger than diabetes. That's something Ican really wrap my arms around." Avandia, along with diet and exercise, helps improve blood sugar control. It may be prescribed alone, with Glucophage ® (metformin HCI tablets) or with sulfonylureas. When taking Avandia with a sulfonylurea, you may be at risk for low blood sugar. Ask your doctor whether you need to lower your sulfonylurea dosage. Some people may experience tiredness, weight gain or swelling with Avandia. Avandia incombination with insulin may increase the risk of serious heart problems. Because of this, talk to your doctor before using Avandia and insulin together. Avandia may cause fluid retention, or swelling, which could lead to or worsen heart failure, so tell your doctor if you have a history of these conditions. Ifyou experience an unusually rapid increase inweight, swelling or shortness of breath while taking Avandia, talk to your doctor immediately. Avandia is not for everyone. Ifyou have severe heart failure or active liver disease, Avandia is not recommended. Also, blood tests to check for serious liver problems should be conducted before and during Avandiatherapy. Tell your doctor ifyou have liver disease, or ifyou experience unexplained tiredness, stomach problems, dark urine or yellowing of the skin while taking Avandia. Ifyou are nursing, pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, or if you are a premenopausal woman who is not ovulating, talk to your doctor before taking Avandia. See important patient information on the adjacent page. -KORELCEuFL FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 1-800-AVANDIA (1-800-282-6342) OR VISIT WWW.AVANDIA.COM AVANDIA®. HELP USE THE NATURAL INSULIN IN YOU.® gpGlaxoSmithKline o ©2002TheGlaxoSmithKline Groupof CompaniesAllrightsreserved.AVD225NG Bristol-Myers SquibbCompany Avandiais a registeredtrademark ofGlaxoSmithKline. Glucophageis a registeredtrademark ofLIPHAs.a., licensedtoBristol-Myers SquibbCompany.