Compare Apidra vs. Actos

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

Apidra (insulin glulisine)

Prescription only

Actos (pioglitazone)

Prescription only
Controls blood sugar.

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.

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
Upsides
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
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Reviews
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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
1possible side effects
  • Common cold
    11%
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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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Risks and warnings
  • Low blood sugar

    Changes in diet and exercise

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Low blood potassium levels

    Taking laxatives

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Fluid buildup

    Taking Avandia or Actos

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  • Heart failure

    Heart failure

  • Liver damage

    Current liver problems

  • Bladder cancer

    History of bladder cancer

  • Bone fracture

    Women

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