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Actos (pioglitazone)

Prescription only

Glyburide / Metformin

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Actos (pioglitazone) can improve blood sugar control but is not a top choice since it has a lot of side effects.

4.1/ 7 average rating with 175 reviewsforActos
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.

Upsides
  • Improves sugar control and lowers A1c levels by around 1%.
  • Easily taken by mouth as a once a day pill.
  • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs.
  • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
  • Lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • 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
  • May take several weeks to lower blood sugar.
  • Can cause weight gain.
  • People with heart failure or history of bladder cancer shouldn't use this medicine.
  • Some people might get fluid accumulation (edema), from minor ankle swelling to fluid in lungs that makes it hard to breathe.
  • Raises the risk of bone fractures, especially for people who already have a risk for fractures.
  • 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.
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Reviews
175 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
30%
think this treatment works well
21%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Low blood sugar
    27%
  • Swelling
    27%
  • Colds and flu
    13%
  • Headache
    9%
  • Heart failure
    8%
  • Sinus infection
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    6%
  • Muscle pain
    5%
  • Sore throat
    5%
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6possible side effects
  • Upper respiratory infection
    17%
  • Diarrhea
    17%
  • Headache
    9%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    8%
  • Stomach pain
    7%
  • Dizziness
    6%
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Risks and warnings
  • Heart failure

    Heart failure

  • Liver damage

    Current liver problems

  • Bladder cancer

    History of bladder cancer

  • Bone fracture

    Women

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  • Lactic acid build up in blood

    History of kidney problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Low blood sugar

    Skipping meals or having inconsistent meal times

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reaction

    History of allergy to sulfa-containing medicine

  • Breakdown of red blood cells

    People with G6PD deficiency

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