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About Actos

Actos is most commonly used to aide in the treatment of those suffering with type II diabetes mellitus. Actos can also help your body to use its insulin in a more efficient manner and help lower high blood sugar.



Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know

Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Actos:
  • Swelling of the arms, legs or feet
  • Heart problems
  • An unusual or abnormal reaction to pioglitazone, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Actos may not be recommended for certain situations.

Administering Actos

It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.

Actos tablets should be taken orally with a glass of water at mealtime. Remember, when taking Actos or any prescription drug to always follow the label closely. Be sure to space your doses evenly and do nota take more than directed.

Actos should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.

What if I Miss a Dose of Actos

In the event that a dose of Actos was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you’ve already missed.

Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Actos. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.

Conflicting Medications

Always consult the doctor who prescribed Actos to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
  • Cisapride
  • Pentamidine
  • Allergy medicines
  • Niacin
  • Ketoconazole
  • Medications to suppress appetite or for weight loss
  • Medicines for allergies, asthma, cold or cough
  • Carbamazepine
  • Steroid medicines such as prednisone or cortisone
  • Male hormones or anabolic steroids
  • Female hormones such as estrogens or progestins, birth control pills
  • Indinavir
  • Beta-blockers often used for high blood pressure or heart problems such as diltiazem, felodipine, lidocaine, nifedipine, quinidine, verapamil
  • Birth control pills
  • Quinolone antibiotics
  • Water pills
  • Certain medicines for high blood pressure or heart problems such as diltiazem, felodipine, lidocaine, nifedipine, quinidine, verapamil
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Certain medicines to lower cholesterol
  • Saquinavir
  • Some herbal dietary supplements
  • Aspirin and aspirin like drugs
  • Beverages that contain alcohol
  • Erythromycin
  • Cyclosporine
  • Certain medicines for anxiety or insomnia
  • Phenytoin
  • Isoniazid
  • Chromium
  • Trimetrexate
  • Donepezil
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Actos; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
  • Are a smoker
  • Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
  • Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis

All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Actos.

Actos Common side effects

The following are side effects known to be common of Actos and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.

  • Weight gain
  • Headache

None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.

Actos Least Common side effects

The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Actos consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Actos:

  • Cool pale skin
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Diarrhea
  • Unusual weakness or fatigue
  • Anxiety or nervousness, confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Blurred vision
  • Rapid, deep breathing or difficulty breathing with exertion
  • Dark yellow or brown urine or yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Cold sweats, increased sweating
  • Drowsiness
  • Tremors or shakiness
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Swelling of the feet or hands

It is important that you contact your physician right away if you've experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.

Actos Precautions

You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Actos and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.

Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Actos is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Actos. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.

Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Actos and may affect desired results. Actos cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Actos is against the law.

How To Store Actos

The following is general storage information for Actos:

  • It is important that you store Actos at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure Actos is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Be sure to store Actos out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
  • Dispose of any expired or unused Actos properly.


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Conditions of USE: The prescription drug information on this database is to be used for instructional purposes only; it is not intended to substitute for the knowledge of a healthcare professional. Please consult a physician before and while you are taking Actos. If you experience any other side effects while taking Actos please consult an experienced professional. This database does not contain all the information regarding Actos nor is it intended to cover all possible directions, side effects, and uses. If you need more information regarding Actos, contact your physician or any other healthcare provider.

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