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Pioglitazone hydrochloride tablets ok in pregnancy?

Pioglitazone hydrochloride tablets ok in pregnancy?

Not known.: The safety of pioglitazone (actos) in pregnancy, lactation (breastfeeding) and people under 18 is not established. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Pioglitazone (Definition)

Used together with proper diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in adults ...Read more


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Please describe the medication: actos (pioglitazone)?

Diabetic medication: Actos (pioglitazone) is a prescription medication used with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Actos (pioglitazone) is not for patients with type 1 "juvenile" diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.

Actos (pioglitazone) works on two of the common problems that lead to high blood sugar in type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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Pioglitazone is a banned diabetic drug?

Pioglitazone is a banned diabetic drug?

No: But it should not be use in patients with bladder cancer or high risk for bladder cancer. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what the drug actos (pioglitazone) does?

Can anyone tell me what the drug actos (pioglitazone) does?

Lowering blood sugar: This med helps to lower blood sugar by improving the cell ability to respond to Insulin as well as reducing sugar-producing ability of the liver. It has quite a few significant side effects and currently a big concern is risk of bladder cancer for long-term use (more than 1 yr). So, if you are on it, follow-up/consult doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is actos (pioglitazone) still ok to take?

Is actos (pioglitazone) still ok to take?

Benefit vs risk..: Like any other medicine in use, consider benefit vs risk--same as driving a car (getting to places faster with risk of accident/breakdown etc.). Currently the biggest concern for people is the risk of bladder cancer on long-term use (40% increase/yr: from 7/10000 to 10/10000 cases). The percentage is big, but absolute is still small. There are alternatives! So, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is actos (pioglitazone) still on the market?

Is actos (pioglitazone) still on the market?

Actos (pioglitazone): Yes, it is still used for type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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What is all the controversy over actos (pioglitazone)?

Media frenzy: Actos (pioglitazone) is a good drug for diabetes. All drugs in this class cause fluid retention, which can worsen heart failure in some people. A related drug (avandia) got slammed for increasing coronary heart disease, but this never affected actos (pioglitazone). These drugs may increase bone loss. Now there is a weak inference of bladder cancer, and the media and lawyers are all over this like sharks on fresh meat. ...Read more

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What is the effect of pioglitazone pills on healthy patients?

Minor: The medication has been studied in non-diabetic individuals in early clinical trials for fda approval looking for changes in weight, blood sugar, serum lipid values and blood pressure. There was no evidence of low blood sugars and the other effects were minor. An individual without diabetes should not take pioglitazone. ...Read more

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Can you take actos (pioglitazone) and amaryl together?

Can you take actos (pioglitazone) and amaryl together?

Amaryl (glimepiride) and actose: Yes you can and this combination has been used in type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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What about actos (pioglitazone) as oral anti diabetic?

What about actos (pioglitazone) as oral anti diabetic?

I'm not a fan: Hi. The TZD era came and went for me. They're not bad drugs in most cases, but they can cause serious weight gain and fluid retention, and we have such better drugs now. I haven't prescribed pioglitazone in years. So, yes, it helps treat diabetes, but other drug choices may have better overall profiles. ...Read more

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Is there a diffrence between actos (pioglitazone) and amaryl?

Is there a diffrence between actos (pioglitazone) and amaryl?

ACTOSE AND AMARYL (glimepiride): Yes these are two different class of drugs used for treatment of diabetesmellitus, alone or in combination. Amaryl (glimepiride) stimulates the beta cells in pacreas to produce Insulin and actose works on Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Can I buy generic actos (pioglitazone) without getting a prescription?

No: The generic name for Actos is pioglitazone. The medication recently went generic. When any medication goes generic a prescription is still required. ...Read more

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What is an inhibitor for the cyp2c8 (mainly involved in actos (pioglitazone) metabolism)?

What is an inhibitor for the cyp2c8 (mainly involved in actos (pioglitazone) metabolism)?

Liver enzyme: The cyp2c8 enzyme contributes to the metabolism of many drugs. This enzyme consists of less than 10% of the total cytochrome components in the liver, though has also been found in other organs. Even if inhibited, other pathways are available to metabolize drugs which helps the body avoid toxic build- up of drug metabolites. ...Read more

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Can I get pioglitazone (actos) online?

Can I get pioglitazone (actos) online?

Yes: You have to have prescription from your doctor for any medication you buy on line. ...Read more

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Where can I buy actos (pioglitazone) cheapest?

Overseas: Friendly neighbors to the north. Have your docs considered using a less expensive, more efficacious and safer alternative? ...Read more

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Are there any serious consequences of taking actos (pioglitazone)?

Are there any serious consequences of taking actos (pioglitazone)?

Her are some side: Effect of actos:muscle pain -- up to 5.4 percent, tooth problems -- up to 5.3 percent', sore throat -- up to 5.1 percent, swelling or water weight gain, and others not as frequent but could serious.•symptoms of bladder cancer, symptoms of low blood sugar, trouble breathing, swelling, especially in the legs or ankles, rapid increase in weight, liver problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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Generic form of actos (pioglitazone hcl)?

Diabetes medication: Actos (pioglitazone) are used in diabetes as an insuin sensitizer.

I'm not sure what your question is?

If it's generically available, I would be comfortable using it. ...Read more

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How does actos (pioglitazone) help my diabetes?

See below.: Actos (pioglitazone) lowers blood sugar by increasing Insulin sensitivity. ...Read more

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What are common actos (pioglitazone) side effects?

What are common actos (pioglitazone) side effects?

Actos (pioglitazone): Headaches, muscle pains, cold symptoms are common. ...Read more

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How does actos (pioglitazone) help in controlling my diabetes?

How does actos (pioglitazone) help in controlling my diabetes?

Actos (pioglitazone): It's a once/day oral diabetes medication that works by making the Insulin in your body more sensitive, thereby more effective. It's considered an Insulin sensitizer. ...Read more

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Has anyone had success using byetta with actos (pioglitazone)?

Yes but why?: Neither of these meds is particularly efficacious, both have side effects and cost is an issue. There are much better, safer and convenient alternatives for the vast majority of patients. ...Read more

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What diabetes meds are best alternatives to actos (pioglitazone)?

Lots: Now there are a lot of new medications on the market that were not there when Actos (pioglitazone) came out. I hesitate to mention specific medications because each has risks and benefits and you are a special person. It would be best to discuss your case with your diabetes doctor and make a choice specific to your needs if you were/are on Actos (pioglitazone) and want to switch. ...Read more

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What diabetes meds are good alternatives to actos (pioglitazone)?

What diabetes meds are good alternatives to actos (pioglitazone)?

That's complicated: There are many possible alternatives. Which one is chosen depends on many factors including how long one has had diabetes, how well it is currently controlled, concerns about weight gain, concerns about hypoglycemia, other medical problems. Time for a converation with your doctor. ...Read more

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Has anyone had success using byetta along with actos (pioglitazone)?

Yes but why?: Neither of these meds is particularly efficacious, both have side effects and cost is an issue. There are much better, safer and convenient alternatives for the vast majority of patients. ...Read more

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Pioglitazone pills on pregnant patients?

Pioglitazone pills on pregnant patients?

It depends: In general, it's not used in pregnancy. It's fda category c, which means its only used in pregnancy if the potential benefit to the woman outweighs the potential damaging effects on the developing fetus. Check with your doctor and see if he/she feels it's a must. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Mays
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Actos (Definition)

Actos is a glitazone which is a kind of diabetes-related drug ...Read more