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Actos

(pioglitazone)

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Lowers blood sugar.

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Our bottom line

Actos (pioglitazone) can improve blood sugar control but is not a top choice since it has a lot of side effects.

Quick facts about Actos
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (pioglitazone)
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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.
People’s experience with Actos

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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.
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$12.05
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    95% savings
How it works

Actos (pioglitazone) is a thiazolidinedione that improves your body's ability to use insulin to lower your blood sugar.

Quick facts about Actos
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (pioglitazone)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Actos (pioglitazone) for Type 2 diabetes

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Side effect rates for Actos (pioglitazone)

865 
From clinical trials of Actos / Type 2 diabetes
  • Low blood sugar
  • Swelling
  • Colds and flu
  • Headache
  • Heart failure
  • Sinus infection
  • Back pain
  • Pain in arms and legs
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat

Risks and Warnings for Actos (pioglitazone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart failure

    Actos (pioglitazone) can cause fluid buildup that can cause or worsen heart failure. If you have advanced heart failure, talk to your doctor since you shouldn't use Actos (pioglitazone). Your doctor will check your heart regularly while you're taking Actos (pioglitazone).

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Actos (pioglitazone)

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Food
  • Take once a day with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • If you've had liver problems or damage in the past, talk to your doctor before starting Actos (pioglitazone), since there's a small chance that it can hurt your liver. Tell your doctor about any stomach pain that don't go away, dark urine, or yellowing of eyes/skin. Your doctor will check your liver regularly.
  • terrible back and kidney pains
Weight
  • Can cause weight gain, headache, and swelling from fluid build-up.
  • Can cause weight gain.
  • Had weight gain without changing eating habits nor exercise habits
  • causes weight gain and frequent trips to bathroom; sometimes you have accidents