Compare Novolog vs. Actos

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Novolog (insulin aspart)

Prescription only

Actos (pioglitazone)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Novolog (insulin aspart) is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time blood sugar control. For long-term control, you'll need to take Novolog (insulin aspart) with other medicines to keep your overall blood sugar down.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 177 reviewsforNovolog
Lowers blood sugar.

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

3.1/ 5 average rating with 175 reviewsforActos
Upsides
  • When used correctly, this medication will l lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful, long-term effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • You can easily change the dose of Novolog (insulin aspart) to fit your individual needs.
  • Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
  • Can use Novolog (insulin aspart) even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike many other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
  • 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
  • Have to take insulin by injection.
  • Might have to check your blood sugar multiple times a day, usually before each meal.
  • Novolog (insulin aspart) is likely to cause moderate weight gain.
  • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes compared to other kinds of diabetes medications.
  • 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
177 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
46%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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175 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
30%
saiditworked well
21%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Novolog (insulin aspart) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
11possible 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%
  • Chest pain
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques
    • Changes in meal pattern or exercise
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
  • Complications due to low potassium
    • Use of medications that lower potassium
    • Current imbalance of electrolytes
  • Severe allergic reactions
    • Allergy to insulin
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  • Heart failure
    • Heart failure
  • Fluid buildup
  • Liver damage
    • Current liver problems
  • Bladder cancer
    • History of bladder cancer
  • Bone fracture
    • Women
  • Low blood sugar
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