What is Actos used for?
PIOGLITAZONE is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps you to control your blood sugar. Treatment should be combined with the diet and exercise.
What should I discuss with my physician prior to taking Actos?
Please do tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- diabetic ketoacidosis
- heart disease
- heart failure
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- polycystic ovary syndrome
- swelling of the arms, legs, or feet
- an unusual or allergic reaction to pioglitazone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How is Actos should be taken?
Take it orally accompanied with a glass of water. This medicine should be taken at the same time each day. You shouldn’t take it more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine by children. Special care might be necessary.
Overdosage: If you suspect an overdosage, get in touch with the nearest poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTE: This medicine is only intended for your use. You should never share it with the others.
What to do if I missed a dose of Actos?
If you missed a dose, it should be taken as soon as possible. If the time has almost come for the next dose, only that one should be taken. You should never take double or extra doses; a single doze is sufficient for the purposes.
What are the possible interactions of Actos with the other medicine/food/etc?
- birth control pills or other hormonal methods of birth control
- other medicines for diabetes, including insulin
Many medications may cause an increase or decrease in the blood sugar, these include:
- alcohol containing beverages
- aspirin and aspirin-like drugs
- female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
- heart medicines
- male hormones or anabolic steroids
- medicines for weight loss
- medicines for allergies, asthma, cold, or cough
- medicines for mental problems
- medicines called MAO Inhibitors like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
- NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
- quinolone antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, ofloxacin
- some herbal dietary supplements
- steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
- thyroid medicine
This list is not all-inclusive. Provide your health care provider with a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them whether you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some of those items may also interact with your medicine.
Is there anything I should pay attention to while taking Actos?
Pay regular visits to your doctor or health care professional to undergo checks on your progress.
Your health care professional will have to check your blood tests regularly to assess the effect of this medication on your liver.
Learn how to check your blood sugar. Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar and how to manage them.
If you have low blood sugar, you should eat or drink something that has sugar in it. Make sure that the others know how to get medical help quickly if you have serious symptoms of low blood sugar, like if you become unconscious or have a seizure.
This medicine may increase your risk of having heart problems. Get medical help right away if you have any chest pains or tightness, or pain that radiates to the jaw or down the arm, and shortness of breath. These may be the signs of a serious medical condition.
This medicine may cause ovulation in premenopausal women who do not have regular monthly periods. This may increase your chances of becoming pregnant. You should not take this medicine if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Talk with your doctor or health care professional about your birth control options while taking this medicine. Contact your doctor or health care professional right away if think you are pregnant.
If you need a surgery or require a procedure which includes the use of the contrast drugs, inform your physician of the fact that you are taking this drug.
Wear a medical identification bracelet or chain saying that you have diabetes, and carry a card containing the list of all your prescribed medications on you.
Does Actos have any possible side effects?
The following side effects should be reported to your doctor or health care professional as soon as they are noticed:
- allergic reactions like skin rashes, itching or hives,face, lips, or tongue swelling
- issues with breathing
- changes in vision
- dark urine
- fever, chills, sore throat
- low blood sugar (ask your doctor or healthcare professional for a list of these symptoms)
- muscle pain
- sudden weight gain
- swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
- unusual weakness or feeling tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
The side effects listed below usually do not necessarily require any medical attention (please do report them to your physician if they are recurrent or bothersome):
- problems with teeth
- slow weight gain
Other side effects are also possible, the above list is not all inclusive.
Where should I keep Actos?
Keep this medicine out of the children’s reach.
This medicine should be stored at the room temperatures between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed and protect from the moisture and humidity. Dispose of any unused medicine after the expiry date is reached.