Actos is an effective drug of the class thiazolidinedione (TZD) with hypoglycemic (antihyperglycemic, antidiabetic) action to treat diabetes mellitus type 2.
Active ingredient of Actos is Pioglitazone.
Actos helps to keep your blood glucose levels within your target range by making your body more sensitive to insulin.
Actos decreases insulin resistance in the periphery and in the liver resulting in increased insulin-dependent glucose disposal and decreased hepatic glucose output.
Actos does not cause the body to make more insulin, therefore, when used alone, it does not cause low blood glucose (hypoglycemia).
Actos is used either alone or in combination with other anti-diabetic medications (such as insulin, metformin or a sulfonylurea such as glyburide).
Actos is not taken to treat type 1 diabetes.
Actos is available in:
- 15mg Min Dosage
- 30mg Low Dosage
Take Actos by mouth with a full glass of water with or without food.
Usual dosage of Actos is 15 mg once a day.
In case of inadequate glycemic control, the dose can be increased up to 45 mg once daily.
If hypoglycemia occurs in a patient co-administered Actos and insulin, the dose of insulin should be decreased by 10% to 25%. Further adjustments to the insulin dose should be individualized based on glycemic response.
If you want to achieve most effective results do not stop taking Actos suddenly.
Missing a dose
Do not take double dose. If you miss a dose you should take it as soon as you remember about your missing. If it is the time for the next dose you should continue your regular dosing schedule.
If you overdose Actos and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately. You can experience following symptoms of Actos overdosage: signs of low blood sugar, such as extreme weakness, blurred vision, sweating, trouble speaking, tremors, stomach pain, confusion, and seizure (convulsions).
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture and heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of reach of children.