Compare Precose vs. Actos

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

Precose
(acarbose)

Actos
(pioglitazone)

Coming soon.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.
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Coupons for Precose
Best available price for 90 (25mg) tablets of acarbose
Coupons for Actos
Best available price for 30 (30mg) tablets of pioglitazone
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Reviews for Precose (acarbose)
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Reviews for Actos (pioglitazone)
42%
-58% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
30%
-70% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
21%
-21% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
175 reviews
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Side effects
PrecoseActos

We haven’t found good data for Precose side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Precose »
  • 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%
More Actos side effects »
How it works
PrecoseActos
Coming soon.Actos (Pioglitazone) is an anti-diabetic drug. It improves your body's ability to use insulin to lower your blood sugar.
Type of medication
PrecoseActos
Prescription only
Available as
PrecoseActos
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
PrecoseActos
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
PrecoseActos
    Coming soon.
    • Heart failure diagnosis
    • Current liver problems
    • Female
    Detailed Actos (pioglitazone) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

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

    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.

    Weight
    PrecoseActos
    No weight related info.
    • 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.
    Upsides and benefits
    PrecoseActos
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    PrecoseActos
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    PrecoseActos
    Coming soon
    • 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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