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Actos is also known by the generic name Pioglitazone, and can be prescribed to help restore blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Pioglitazone allows your body to respond naturally to insulin helping to stabilize your blood sugar. Actos can be used alongside other diabetes medications if and when they are prescribed to you.
Dosage is typically decided based on your initial diagnosis and how you respond to the treatment. A normal dose is taken orally once a day with or without food. Regular use of this medication is required to achieve the best results. It can take between two and three months to see the full effect. In that time keep track of your blood sugar levels to ensure your treatment is going as planned.
Speak to your doctor about known allergies before taking Actos as some ingredients can induce an allergic reaction. Disclose any prior medical conditions relating to liver disease, edema, anemia, and heart disease before starting a treatment with Actos. Make sure you go over any current medication or supplements you are taking to ensure there are no interactions while taking Actos.
It could be more challenging to control your blood sugar if you are feeling stressed. Speak with your doctor if you have troubles controlling your blood sugar levels under stress, you may require a change in medication.
Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery if you are feeling drowsy, dizzy, or have blurred vision. This can be from low blood sugar. If this happens do not perform such tasks until you are confident it is safe to do so.
Limit the use of alcohol while taking Actos. Alcohol can decrease your blood sugar levels while taking Actos. Speak with your doctor about the acceptable limits of alcohol while taking Actos
Some side effects can include:
dizziness, hunger, lack of energy, shakiness, sweating, weight gain, upper respiratory tract infection, Headache, sinusitis, muscle aches, tooth disorders, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), sore throat
More serious side effects can also include:
anemia, liver injury, edema, bone fractures, bladder cancer, diabetic macular edema
Speak with your doctor if any side effects become severe during your treatment with Actos. If you experience any serious side effects speak with your doctor for extra medical help.
Q: Can I use Actos while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: Your doctor may provide your insulin instead of taking Actos during a pregnancy, however, consult with your doctor about the risk of using Actos while pregnant. There is not enough medical data to know if the medication can pass into the breast milk of nursing mothers. Consult your doctor regarding the risk of taking Actos while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store Actos?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose of Actos?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
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