Compare Actos vs. Glucovance

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Actos
(pioglitazone)

glyburide / metformin

Lowers blood sugar. Actos (Pioglitazone) is a last-choice blood sugar-lowering medicine since it's only moderately effective but has a lot of undesirable side effects.Lowers blood sugar. Glyburide / Metformin is an effective combination medicine for lowering blood sugar, but it is likely to cause diarrhea in the first few weeks.
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Reviews for Actos
42%
of people (All ages) say Actos is worth it
30%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
175 reviews
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Side effects
ActosGlucovance
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 11%
  • Low blood sugar 8%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 4%
  • Headache 2%
  • Cardiac failure 2%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Muscle pain 2%
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  • Upper respiratory infection 3%
  • Diarrhea 11%
  • Nausea/vomiting 2%
  • Stomach pain 3%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Gastrointestinal side effects (diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and stomach pain) 8%
  • Low blood sugar 8%
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How it works
ActosGlucovance
Actos (Pioglitazone) is an anti-diabetic drug. It improves your body's ability to use insulin to lower your blood sugar.Glyburide / Metformin combines 2 prescription medicines (glyburide and metformin) into 1 pill to help treat diabetes. Glyburide stimulates your body to release insulin to lower blood sugar. Metformin helps your body use its own insulin more effectively as well as lowers the amount of sugar your body naturally makes and absorbs from food.
Type of medication
ActosGlucovance
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
ActosGlucovance
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
ActosGlucovance
Risk factors for serious side effects
ActosGlucovance
  • Heart failure diagnosis
  • Current liver problems
  • Female
Detailed Actos (pioglitazone) risks & warnings »
  • History of kidney problems
  • History of liver problems
  • Those with congestive heart failure
  • Using contrast dye for procedures
  • Undergoing surgery
Detailed Glyburide / Metformin risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
ActosGlucovance
No alcohol related info.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink while taking Glyburide / Metformin.
  • Drinking large amounts of or frequently using alcohol while taking Glyburide / Metformin can cause harm to your body.
Kidneys and liver
ActosGlucovance
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Not a good treatment option for those with kidney and/or liver problems.
Weight
ActosGlucovance
  • Can cause weight gain, headache, and fluid retention.
  • More likely to cause weight gain (2 to 6 pounds or more) compared to other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
  • Can cause some weight gain.
Upsides and benefits
ActosGlucovance
  • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
  • Lowers A1c levels by around 1%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
  • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
  • Glyburide / Metformin effectively lowers blood sugar levels more so than if each of the individual medicines it contains are taken alone.
  • Protects your organs and blood vessels from the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels.
  • Can potentially lower your "bad cholesterol" levels.
  • Glyburide / Metformin is available in a generic form and is cheaper than many other combination diabetes medicines.
Downsides and risks
ActosGlucovance
  • May take several weeks to lower blood sugar.
  • You have to check your blood sugar regularly with this medicine.
  • Has more side effects than similar medicines, so it's usually not the first choice for new Type 2 diabetes patients.
  • More likely to cause weight gain (2 to 6 pounds or more) compared to other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
  • Up to 1 in 10 people might get fluid retention (edema), ranging from mild ankle swelling to severe swelling in the lungs that makes it hard to breathe. People with severe congestive heart failure shouldn't use Actos.
  • Raises the risk of bone fractures, especially for people who already have a risk for fractures.
  • Slightly raises the risk of bladder cancer.
  • Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low.
  • Glyburide / Metformin is likely to cause nausea, stomach upset, or diarrhea in the first few weeks.
  • Not a good treatment option for those with kidney and/or liver problems.
  • Drinking large amounts of or frequently using alcohol while taking Glyburide / Metformin can cause harm to your body.
  • Can cause some weight gain.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
ActosGlucovance
  • Takes several weeks to see full effect on blood sugar control.
  • Can cause weight gain, headache, and fluid retention.
  • Tell your doctor about any mental confusion, persistent abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising.
  • Not recommended for patients with certain heart problems.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Take the medicine with meals to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you experience rapid breathing, ongoing nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink while taking Glyburide / Metformin.
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