Actos, with the generic name pioglitazone is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. Actos is for people with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Pioglitazone is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other medications, but it is not for treating type 1 diabetes. Actos may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide, for such uses, consult your doctor.
How to consume
When you buy Actos, always follow the prescription, take it once a day, Always keep a source of sugar available in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Sugar sources include orange juice, glucose gel, candy, or milk. If you have severe hypoglycemia and cannot eat or drink, use an injection of glucagon. Your doctor can give you a prescription for a glucagon emergency injection kit and tell you how to give the injection.
Before taking Actos, tell your doctor if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Actos, if you have a history of liver problems, abnormal liver function tests, heart problems, vision problems or have swelling problems (oedema), if you have diabetic ketoacidosis (a severe problem associated with diabetes), if planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. Do not breast feed while taking Actos. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Actos. It lowers blood sugar and may interfere with your diabetes treatment.
Some women using Actos have started having menstrual periods, even after not having a period for a long time due to a medical condition. You may be able to get pregnant if your periods restart. Talk with your doctor about the need for birth control.
In condition of missing your dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose, incase you overdose,call your doctor and seek medical help.
Encounter with other drugs
you may face hypoglycemia, while using actos with other drugs, tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially: Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); Aspirin or other salicylates (including Pepto-Bismol); A blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin and others); Heart or blood pressure medication (Accupril, Altace, Lotensin and others); Sulfa drugs (Bactrim, Gantanol, Gantrisin, Septra, SMX-TMP, and others); A monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); or Insulin; Probenecid (Benemid); Other oral diabetes medications, especially acarbose (Precose), metformin (Glucophage), or rosiglitazone (Avandia). This list may be incomplete, and there may be other drugs which may encounter with actos, and can be fatal to your health, always tell your doctor about the medicines you use.
Call your doctor and seek medical help if you get any of these side effects: Swelling or rapid weight gain; Chest pain, general ill feeling; Clay-colored stools; Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); Increased thirst or hunger, urinating more than usual; or Headache; Muscle pain; Tooth problems; Pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness.
You can carry on with Actos if you have some common side effects, such as these:Sneezing, runny nose; cough or other signs of a cold; Feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Always follow the prescription to avoid any side effect. Call your doctor for medical advice incase you experience any of the side effects caused by Actos.
Store it well
When you buy Actos online, keep it at the room temperature, keep away from the heat, moisture, and light, keep it away from the 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.