Actos
Last Edited: April 16th, 2012

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Actos (also known as Pioglitazone) is a medication used to control type 2 diabetes. It increases the body’s insulin sensitivity, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. It should not be used to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.

Dosage Instructions

Actos is administered in tablet form. It is prescribed to be taken orally once a day, with or without food. Your doctor may start you off with a low dose and gradually increase it as needed. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, do not take more than one pill per day. Skip the missed dose if you do not remember until the next day and continue to take Actos according to your normal dosing schedule.

Important Information to Know

Actos cannot cure type 2 diabetes; it is used to simply treat the condition. It does not work immediately; it may take two weeks for Actos to decrease your blood sugar levels and up to three months for your body to feel the full effects of this medication. Even if you feel better, you should continue taking Actos until your doctor tells you otherwise.

Special Precautions

Actos is not right for everyone. You should tell your doctor if you have the following conditions:

  • Allergies of any medicine
  • You are taking any other drugs
  • Liver or kidney diseases, diabetic eye disease or bladder cancer
  • Heart failure or any heart defect, since Actos can cause or worsen the risk of damage to your heart
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • You have not yet gone through menopause, since Actos can make you more likely to become pregnant. You may need an alternative form of birth control.
  • You will be undergoing surgery

Eating healthy and exercising regularly will help Actos work with your body more effectively. Alcohol usage may not be recommended with Actos, so discuss this with your doctor.

Side Effects

Actos is used to lower blood sugar. Sometimes your blood sugar may drop too low, so learn the signs of low blood sugar. In addition, you may experience minor side effects such as sore throat, gas, muscle pain and headache. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience serious side effects such as vision changes, back or abdominal pain, or urinary problems, such as blood, discoloration, cloudiness, pain and difficulty urinating.

Actos may also cause liver problems. Contact your doctor if you experience flu-like symptoms, yellow skin or eyes, unusual bruising, lack of energy, stomach pain, nausea and lack of appetite.

Actos may also increase your risk of developing bladder cancer. In addition, women who take Actos have a higher risk of developing fractures in their hands and feet. Talk to your doctor about your risk.

Further Instructions

Keep all appointments with you doctor. To monitor your body’s response to Actos, you may have to undergo several laboratory tests to ensure your urine and blood sugar are at normal levels. You may also have to have your eyes checked regularly. You should also inform your doctor of any new medications you are taking while on Actos, as drug-drug interactions can occur and affect how Actos works with your body.