Actos is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The medication helps to improve insulin sensitivity to lower blood sugar and keep it under control. By lowering blood sugar levels, Actos can also reduce your risk of developing long-term problems related to diabetes, such as heart disease or diabetic nephropathy.
More about Actos
Avoid use of Actos if you have type 1 diabetes, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis. Before taking Actos, tell your doctor if you have congestive heart failure or heart disease, a history of heart attack or stroke, or liver disease.
Know the signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and how to recognize them, including hunger, headache, confusion, irritability, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, tremors, sweating, fast heartbeat. Always keep a source of sugar available in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar.
Some women using Actos have started having menstrual periods, even after not having a period for a long time due to a medical condition. You may be able to get pregnant if your periods restart. Talk with your doctor about the need for birth control. Women may also be more likely than men to have bone fractures in the upper arm, hand, or foot while taking Actos. Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about this possibility.
Before taking Actos tell your doctor
- if you have congestive heart failure or heart disease;
- a history of heart attack or stroke; or
- liver disease.
What should I avoid while taking Actos?
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Actos. Alcohol lowers blood sugar and may increase the risk of hypoglycemia while you are taking this medicine.
Actos side effects
Seek emergency medical help if you have any of these serious side effects:
- feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
- swelling or rapid weight gain;
- chest pain, general ill feeling;
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness.
Less serious side effects include:
- sneezing, runny nose, cough or other signs of a cold;
- gradual weight gain.
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