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Actos is the brand name of a drug Pioglitazone HCl.
Pioglitazone (Actos) is an antihyperglycemic agent. It helps
the body respond better to insulin and it reduces the amount
of sugar produced by the liver. It can help control blood
Actos, Pioglitazone is used, along with diet and exercise,
in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It may also be used with
a sulfonylurea (e.g., Diabeta, Glucotrol, Micronase, others),
metformin (Glucophage), or insulin when diet and exercise
plus any one of these medicines alone do not result in adequate
blood sugar control.
What happens if I miss a dose?
There are two different doses of Actos, 15mg and 30mg. If
you miss your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you
do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and
take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Symptoms of a pioglitazone overdose are not known.
What are the possible side effects
If you experience any of the following serious side effects,
stop taking pioglitazone and seek emergency medical attention
or notify your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of
the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite;
- unusual fatigue;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes; or
- dark urine.
Notify your doctor immediately if you experience an unusually
rapid increase in weight or edema (swelling, water retention),
shortness of breath, or chest pain during treatment with pioglitazone.
These may be early symptoms of heart problems.
Although pioglitazone does not usually cause hypoglycemia
(low blood sugar), hypoglycemia may result from skipped meals,
excessive exercise, or alcohol consumption. Know the signs
and symptoms of hypoglycemia, which include headache, drowsiness,
weakness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, and
nausea. Carry a piece of non-dietetic hard candy or glucose
tablets with you to treat episodes of low blood sugar.
Other less serious side effects may also occur. Continue to
take pioglitazone and talk to your doctor if you experience:
- muscle aches; or
- sore throat, nasal discharge, or cold symptoms.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
or that is especially bothersome.