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Actos, also sold generically as its active ingredient, Pioglitazone, is a oral diabetic medicine that helps control blood sugar levels in those with type two diabetes. It is used together with diet and exercise to reach full effectiveness. This is not a medication used to treat diabetes type one. This medication may be used alone or with other medicines such as insulin, metformin, or sulfonylurea agents.
Pioglitazone works by assisting your body with how to use the insulin (a hormone) it creates in the pancreas. Insulin is what allows the body to use sugar (medically referred to as glucose) from the food you eat and turn it into energy, or to store it for future needs. It also keeps your blood sugar from getting too high. So when your body is not doing this correctly (in other words, when you have diabetes type two) that is when one would be prescribed Pioglitazone.
This medication is available in 15MG, 30MG and 45MG in both brand and generic choice.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist.
Take Actos orally once a day, taken with or without food.
Make sure you take Actos at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. Actos should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
You may be also taking other medication along with Actos. Follow your doctors instruction on dose scheduling for all the medication you are taking to control your blood sugar levels. Checking your blood sugar levels regularly will help ensure a safe and effective treatment.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Actos. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to heart disease, liver disease, fluid in your lungs, anemia and edema, and bladder cancer. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Actos.
Limit or avoid alcohol as it could cause blood sugar crashes. Additionally you may speak with your doctor on the acceptable limits of the substance while taking Actos.
While taking Actos you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for
Controlling blood sugar levels can be effected if the body is under stress, sick, or fighting infection. Speak with your doctor if any change in treatment plan is required to maintain your blood sugar levels.
There could be a risk of bone fracture for woman in the arm, hand or foot while taking Actos. Menstrual cycles can also be effected and increase the risk of pregnancy. Speak with your doctor about the birth control methods while taking Actos.
Some side effects can be:
cold or flu-like symptoms (such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, sore throat), headache, gradual weight gain, muscle pain, back pain, tooth problems, and mouth pain.
More serious side effects are:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, blood in the urine, dark urine, painful urination, urinating more than usual, shortness of breath, even with mild exertion, swelling or rapid weight gain, chest pain, feeling unwell (malaise), nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, blurred vision, increased thirst or hunger, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness, yellowing skin or eyes (jaundice), and vision changes or loss.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in additional treatment. For any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment.
How long does it take for this medication to become active?
It can upwards to 2-3 months for this medication to provide maximum results.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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