Actos (Pioglitazone HCL)
What is Actos (Pioglitazone HCL) used for?
Actos (Pioglitazone HCL) is used together with a diet and exercise regime to treat type 2 diabetes. It is sometimes used with other medications. This drug belongs to a class of medications known as thiazolidinediones, which work by raising the body's sensitivity to insulin, and this in turn helps to control blood sugar levels. Controlling diabetes can help to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke, and can also help to prevent kidney damage and other health problems. However, this drug is not used to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
How should I use Actos (Pioglitazone HCL)?
Patients taking Actos (Pioglitazone HCL) are often directed to take one tablet per day, with or without meals. It is important to take it at the same time every day. Your physician may start you out on a low dose, which may then be gradually increased over time. Patients should note that it may take 2 to 3 weeks for the full benefits of this drug to be noticed. You should not discontinue taking this medication unless told to do so by your physician.
What are the side effects of Actos (Pioglitazone HCL)?
Some side effects which may be noticed while taking Actos (Pioglitazone HCL) include:
Patients should note that this drug may also cause some other more serious side effects to occur. You should immediately consult your physician if you notice pain in the stomach, painful urination, breathlessness, pain in the chest, changes in vision or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Actos (Pioglitazone HCL). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
This medication may increase the risk in women of becoming pregnant. Discuss the use of reliable contraception with your physician before taking this medication.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.