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Actos
Pioglitazone (Pioglitazone Hydrochloride)
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Overview

Pioglitazone reduces the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. This medication is used along with a healthy diabetic diet, regular exercise, weight control, smoking reduction, and careful monitoring of blood glucose. It may be used alone or in combination with metformin (Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Fortamet, Riomet), a drug in a different class of anti-diabetic drugs, that also lowers blood glucose. Actos requires naturally-secreted insulin to be effective so it is not recommended in type 1 diabetes where the amount of insulin is very low or absent. Nevertheless, Actos is approved for treating type 2 diabetes in combination with insulin as well as another class of diabetes drugs, the sulfonylureas, that increases the amount of insulin produced. 

You should not use Actos if you have severe or uncontrolled heart failure, active bladder cancer, or diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with insulin). This medicine is not for treating type 1 diabetes. Actos can cause or worsen congestive heart failure. Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, or rapid weight gain.

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Prior to Taking Actos

Avoid taking Actos if you are allergic to pioglitazone, or if you have: severe or uncontrolled heart failure; or diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment). This medication may increase your risk of developing bladder cancer. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk. To make sure Actos is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had: congestive heart failure or heart disease; a heart attack or stroke; eye problems caused by diabetes; bladder cancer; or liver disease. Actos may increase your risk of serious heart problems, but not treating your diabetes can also damage your heart and other organs. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.

 Follow your doctor’s instructions about using Actos if you are pregnant or you become pregnant. Controlling diabetes is very important during pregnancy, and having high blood sugar may cause complications in both the mother and the baby. Pioglitazone may stimulate ovulation in a premenopausal woman and may increase the risk of unintended pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about your risk. Women may be more likely to have a broken bone while using Actos. Talk with your doctor about ways to keep your bones healthy. It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk. Actos is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How To Take Actos

This medication is to be taken once daily by mouth. Dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and if you are taking other diabetes drugs. Your doctor will adjust your dose based on your blood sugar to find the best dose for you. Follow your doctor’s directions carefully. Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. If you are already taking another diabetes drug (such as metformin or a sulfonylurea), follow your doctor’s directions carefully for stopping/continuing the old drug and starting this medication. Carefully follow the medication treatment plan, meal plan, and exercise program your doctor has recommended. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed by your doctor. Be sure to monitor your use of this medication and your overall well being. Inform your doctor should you experience high or low blood sugar. Your treatment may need to be adjusted. It could take 2 to 3 months before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.

Side Effects

Seek medical attention if you experience any severe allergic reaction to Actos: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Actos and call your doctor at once if you have symptoms of liver damage: nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). Call your doctor at once if you have: shortness of breath (especially when lying down), unusual tiredness, swelling, rapid weight gain; pink or red urine, painful or difficult urination, new or worsening urge to urinate; changes in your vision; or sudden unusual pain in your hand, arm, or foot. Some people taking this medicine have had bladder cancer, but it is not clear if pioglitazone was the actual cause. Common Actos side effects may include: headache; muscle pain; or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sinus pain, sneezing, sore throat.

How will I know if I have taken Actos or a drug containing pioglitazone?

If you have been prescribed medicine for type 2 diabetes, chances are that at some point in time you took a drug containing pioglitazone. Check your medicine bottle and your written prescriptions to see if you are taking any of the combinations listed above. Contact your doctor or your pharmacy to find out if you have ever taken pioglitazone in the past. 

Pioglitazone is a diabetes drug (thiazolidinedione-type, also called “glitazones”) used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. It works by helping to restore your body’s proper response to insulin, thereby lowering your blood sugar. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Pioglitazone is used either alone or in combination with other diabetes medications (such as metformin or a sulfonylurea such as glyburide).

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