Actoplus met, with generic name metformin and pioglitazone, is a unified form of two oral diabetes medicines, that works to control the levels of blood sugar, Actoplus Met is for people with type 2 diabetes who do not use daily insulin injections. Actoplus Met may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide but never use it for other such purposes without consulting your doctor.
How to consume
When you buy Actoplus Met, always follow the prescription and take the medication in the same dosage as you been prescribed. Take Actoplus Met with meals. Take the extended-release (XR) tablet once daily with your evening meal. Make sure that you do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole as breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Before you buy Actoplus Met online, tell your doctor if you have had any congestive heart failure or heart disease, a history of bladder cancer, a history of heart attack or stroke, liver disease, eye problems caused by diabetes, or if you are 80 years or older. If you need to have any type of x-ray or CT scan using a dye that is injected into your veins, you will need to temporarily stop taking Actoplus Met. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Actoplus Met. It can lower your blood sugar and may increase your risk of lactic acidosis.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, or if it is too late and it’s almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your routine dose at the next scheduled time. In the condition of consuming an over dose, call your doctor at once and seek medical help to avoid any fatal health condition.
Encounter with other drugs
Encounter with other drugs can possibly cause serious or life threatening side effects at time when you are on treatment with Actoplus Met, so always tell your doctor if you use other medicines like: Amiloride (Midamor), furosemide (Lasix), or triamterene (Dyrenium); Procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl, Procanbid), quinidine (Quin-G); Rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rifamate) or rifapentine (Priftin); Morphine (MS Contin, Kadian, Oramorph); Trimethoprim (Proloprim, Primsol, Bactrim, Cotrim, Septra); A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as flurbiprofen (Ansaid); Fluconazole (Diflucan) or ketoconazole (Nizoral); Nicardipine (Cardene) or nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia); Seizure medication such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretal)and others.
You may encounter hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) if you take other medicines with actoplus met, which can raise blood sugar, as followed: Steroids (prednisone and others);Heart or blood pressure medication (Cartia, Cardizem, Covera and others);Seizure medicines (Dilantin and others); and Diuretics (water pills);Niacin (Advicor, Niaspan, Niacor, Simcor, Slo-Niacin, and others);Diet pills or medicines to treat asthma, colds or allergies. The list may be incomplete and you could miss on the other drugs that might encounter with Actoplus met in such a manner that you can have serious or at times fatal health issues, so always tell your doctor incase you use other drugs or medication along with Actoplus Met to avoid such health issues.
Actoplus Met may cause lactic acidosis (a build-up of lactic acid in the body, which can be fatal). Lactic acidosis can start slowly and get worse over time. Call your doctor and seek medical help if you have any of these side effects: Nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, Feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion; Swelling or rapid weight gain; or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
There are some minor side effects too such as: Mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain; or Sneezing, runny nose, cough or other signs of a cold; Dizziness;Headache; Joint or muscle pain. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may appear too. Always follow the prescription and the doctor's advice to avoid any such possible side effects.
Store it well
Store Actoplus Met at a room temperature and away from moisture, heat and children.
Disclaimer: the above information provided is for your own reference. If you need to start the medicine under any circumstance(s) please consult your health care facilitator for a detailed plan to follow up.