Compare Apidra vs. Actos
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an insulin that controls blood sugar during your meals, but you'll still have to follow your doctor's diet and exercise plan.
Actos (pioglitazone) can improve blood sugar control but is not a top choice since it has a lot of side effects.
- Apidra (insulin glulisine) starts working in as soon as 15 minutes.
- Programs are available to lower your copay. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
- Can be used in people over 65 and children 4 years of age and older.
- 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.
- Your doctor might have to check your kidneys and liver regularly if you've had kidney or liver problems in the past.
- Since Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an injectable, it might not be a good treatment option for people who are afraid of needles.
- Only available as a brand name, so Apidra (insulin glulisine) can be expensive.
- 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.
- Common cold11%
- Low blood sugar27%
- Colds and flu13%
- Heart failure8%
- Sinus infection6%
- Back pain6%
- Pain in arms and legs6%
- Muscle pain5%
- Sore throat5%
- Low blood sugar
Changes in diet and exercise
...and 4 more risk factors
- Low blood potassium levels
...and 1 more risk factors
- Fluid buildup
Taking Avandia or Actos
- Heart failure
- Liver damage
Current liver problems
- Bladder cancer
History of bladder cancer
- Bone fracture