Actos is anti-diabetic drug also called thiazolidinedione-type, or “glitazones” used commonly along with proper diet & exercise program thus controlling high blood sugar levels in patients with special kind of type II diabetes. The drugs works by assisting to restore proper response to levels of insulin, thereby lowering blood sugar levels.
Most people who have used these drugs have been able to control high blood sugar levels or helps prevent blindness, kidney damage, nerve problems, sexual function problems and loss of limbs. In conclusion, proper diabetes control may lessen your heart attack or stroke risks.
Pioglitazone can be used either in combination or alone with the other anti-diabetic medications (like metformin or a sulfonylurea like glyburide).
How to use Actos drugs?
It is important that you read the given Medication instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist prior to you starting to use Actos each time you obtain a refill. If in any case you have any kind of questions, you should ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Take this drug by mouth with/without food as per the directions given by your doctor, often once daily. The amount of dosage is often based on your response to treatment, medical condition, and if you have been taking other kinds of anti-diabetic drugs. In the process, your doctor can adjust your dose depending on your levels of blood sugar when finding the best dose that would work for you. You must follow the directions carefully of your doctor or pharmacist fully.
You must take Actos medication regularly if you want to get the most benefits from it. You must remember to use the drug the same time every day.
What are the Side Effects?
The following are some of the side effects that you should know:
- Sore throat
- weight gain
- muscle pain
- or tooth problems
If you experience of these side effects, notify your pharmacist or doctor promptly.
Remember that your pharmacist or doctor has prescribed this drug because he/she has judged that benefit to you that is greater than the side effects risks.
It may rarely cause even liver disease. Ensure that you tell your doctor if you develop these liver disease symptoms, including:
- yellowing of eyes/skin
- dark urine
- stomach/abdominal pain
- persistent vomiting/ nausea
The drug does not often cause low blood sugar commonly known as hypoglycemia. In case you experience low blood sugar, you should ensure that you seek help from doctors to do their tests whether you need anti-diabetic medications (like sulfonylurea or insulin).
What are the precautions?
Before taking Actos drugs, tell your pharmacist or doctor if you have allergies upon using it. The drug may contain some inactive ingredients that can cause uncommon allergic reactions or even other problems. You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more clear details.
Before using this Actos medication, you need tell your pharmacist or doctor your medical history, especially of when having heart disease (like chest pain or congestive heart failure), liver disease, swelling (edema), fluid in your lungs, anemia, a type of eye problem (called macular edema), and bladder cancer.
In conclusion, the above is a review of Actos drugs that you know before using it.