Compare Actos vs. Precose

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Actos
(pioglitazone)

Precose
(acarbose)

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.Coming soon.
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Best available price for 30 (30mg) tablets of pioglitazone
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Best available price for 90 (25mg) tablets of acarbose
Reviews & ratings
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4.11Actos
Reviews for Actos (pioglitazone)
42%
of people (All ages) say Actos (pioglitazone) is worth it
30%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
175 reviews
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Reviews for Precose (acarbose)
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+58% better vs. Actos (pioglitazone)
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+70% better vs. Actos (pioglitazone)
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+21% better vs. Actos (pioglitazone)
Have you used Precose (acarbose)?
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Side effects
ActosPrecose
  • 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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How it works
ActosPrecose
Actos (Pioglitazone) is an anti-diabetic drug. It improves your body's ability to use insulin to lower your blood sugar.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ActosPrecose
Prescription only
Available as
ActosPrecose
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
ActosPrecose
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
ActosPrecose
  • Heart failure diagnosis
  • Current liver problems
  • Female
Detailed Actos (pioglitazone) risks & warnings »
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    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.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Weight
    ActosPrecose
    • More likely to cause weight gain (2 to 6 pounds or more) compared to other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
    • Can cause weight gain, headache, and fluid retention.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    ActosPrecose
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    ActosPrecose
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ActosPrecose
    • 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.
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