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.

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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...

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...

What is the cause of rapid weight gain on actos (pioglitazone) an anti diabetes medicine?

Acots side effects. Weight gain is a known side effect of Actos (pioglitazone). The good news is that Actos is very effective in reducing visceral fat (fat in the abdomen) which is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The weight gain from Actos is peripheral and does not carry the same risk as visceral fat. As always watching calorie intake and activity to loose weight is key. Read more...

My husband just stopped taking actos (pioglitazone) for diabetes because his bladder is hurting. He asked our dr to screen for cancer. Dr said doesn't know how?

Bladder cancer. Actos (pioglitazone) has been implicated in causing bladder cancer. The incidence is very low. The risk is higher in smokers. The typical presenting symptom of bladder cancer is painless bloody urine. Bladder cancer does not cause pain in most cases. A referral to a urologist would be appropriate if your pain continues. Read more...
Screen for cancer. Not sure that bladder pain is usually first sign of bladder cancer. Perhaps doctor feels that other things are more likely. If starting Actos (pioglitazone) started pain and stopping it ended it, not sure how cancer fits it. It sounds like your husband is frustrated with the pain and dissatisfied with the workup. Any bladder pain may start with urinalysis, maybe sending urine sample for cytology or other testing. Read more...
Bladder pain. It is very unlikely that your husband's bladder pain has anything to do with actos (pioglitazone). Perhaps his bladder pain should be evaluated as a seperate issue by a urologist. Read more...

I take 30 mg of actos (pioglitazone) for type 2 diabetes daily. It has been linked to increased risk of bladder cancer in person taking actos (pioglitazone). Is actors safe?

See answer. There has been a slight excess of bladder cancers detected in patients who have taken Actos (pioglitazone) compared to others who do not. This appears to be time and dose dependent. Very few people who take Actos (pioglitazone) will develop bladder cancer. However there are many alternatives so it makes sense to switch to another drug if that will be effective , . Read more...