Compare Actos vs. glyburide

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Actos (pioglitazone)

Prescription only

Diabeta (glyburide)

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.

Diabeta (glyburide) is a good oral anti-diabetic medicine, but can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.

4.4/ 7 average rating with 110 reviewsforglyburide
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.
  • Available as an oral tablet.
  • Lowers your A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 2%.
  • Available in generic version.
  • Available in single pill combination with other anti-diabetic 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.
  • More likely to cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar than other types of oral anti-diabetics.
  • You will have to check your blood sugar often when you first start taking it.
  • Can cause weight gain (about 2 to 3 pounds).
  • Not ideal for elderly or those with poor kidney function.
  • May not work as well for those with severe diabetes and when pancreas cannot produce insulin.
Used for
Dosage forms
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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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110 
45%
think this treatment is worth it
34%
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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The Diabeta (glyburide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Low blood sugar

    Over age 65

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reactions

    History of sulfa allergies

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