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Generic Name: pioglitazone
Brand Name: Actos
Actos is an oral diabetes drug, which helps control blood sugar levels and is for patients with type 2 diabetes. At times, it is used in combination with insulin and other medicines; however it not for curing type 1 diabetes. Also known as Pioglitazone, it is in the class of thiazolidinedione with hypoglycemic (antidiabetic and antihyperglycemic) action for treating diabetes. Pioglitazone is sold as Pioz and Glizone by USV Limited and Zydus Cadila in India, Zactos by Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Mexico and Actos in Canada, UK, Germany and USA, Glustin in Europe. Nevertheless, it has subsequently been found to be associated with bladder tumours and has been withdrawn in some nations.
Doses of Actos:
  • You can take Actos as recommended by your doctor; however not in smaller or larger amounts and not for longer than prescribed.
  • It can be taken with or without food and is usually taken once daily.
  • Your blood will need to checked often and you might need other blood tests at regular basis.
  • Know the signs of Hypoglycaemia and how to recognize them: trouble concentrating, headache, irritability, hunger, tremors, weakness and sweating.
  • Always keep a source of sugar available in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar, which include milk, orange juice, candy or glucose gel.
  • Pioglitazone is only a part of complete program of treatment, which might also include testing your blood sugar, diet, dental care, exercise, eye care, weight control and foot care.
  • Missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember; however don’t take additional dose to make up the missed one.
  • Get emergency medical help in case of overdose; symptoms include convulsions, extreme weakness, confusion, blurred vision, stomach pain, sweating, tremors and trouble speaking.