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Pioglitazone

The active ingredient of the drug Actos is pioglitazone. It belongs to the family of anti-diabetic drug.
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Pioglitazone

Pioglitazone 15mg

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Usage

What are Pioglitazone uses? 

Pioglitazone medication is mainly along with diet as well as an exercise in order to improve blood sugar in adults suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is not used for treating type1 diabetes.  

It is very important to control high blood sugar as it assists in preventing kidney damage, loss of limbs, blindness, sexual function problems as well as nerve problems. Therefore, proper control of diabetes can assist to decrease the risk of a heart attack as well as stroke.  

Pioglitazone generic drug is available by the brand name Actos.  

The diabetes medication Pioglitazone is used either alone in combination with other diabetes medication like metformin or sulfonylurea.  

What is the dosage of Pioglitazone? 

It is important for you to strictly follow the directions that are mentioned on your prescription label and carefully read all medication guides. There are chances that your doctor might change the dosage of Pioglitazone hydrochloride. So use this medicine exactly in the same way as directed by your doctor.   

This medicine should not be taken in larger or smaller amounts or for a longer time than recommended by your doctor. Therefore, during your treatment, it is very important for you to follow the doctor’s directions strictly. 

Pioglitazone diabetes is taken with or without the food as directed by your doctor and mainly once a day. Even if you start feeling better after a few days, don’t stop taking the medicine.  

Pioglitazone is available in different strengths such as 15mg and 30mg, so the dosage of this medicine is completely based upon your medical condition, other diabetes drugs if you are taking as well as response to the treatment. Your doctor will also adjust the dose of Pioglitazone hydrochloride based upon your blood sugar in order to find the best dose for you.  

There are chances that your doctor prescribes you a glucagon emergency injection kit to use if you suffer from serious hypoglycaemia and cannot eat or drink. Make sure that your family or close friend knows how to give you this injection in case of emergency.    

Blood sugar levels are often affected by alcoholic beverages, surgery, stress, exercise, skipping meals and exercise. So make sure that before you change your dose or medication schedule you have asked your doctor beforehand.  

Always store the medicine at room temperature right away from direct heat, moisture as well as light. When not in use, make ensure that the bottle is tightly closed.   

To get the most benefit from Pioglitazone diabetes you need to take this medicine on a regular basis. In order to remember taking it, always eat the medicine at the same time every day. Strictly follow the diet which is recommended by your doctor.   

You need to get your blood sugar check regularly as instructed by your doctor. Make sure that you carefully keep the track of results right from this first day and share it with your doctor. If your blood sugar goes too high or low then immediately inform your doctor. Therefore, Pioglitazone 30 mg tablet will take the time of two or three months for showing its full effect.  

 You can buy Pioglitazone 15mg and 30 mg tablet from our pharmacy at a reasonable cost.  

What happens if you miss a dose? 

If you miss the dose, then take it the moment you remember but if it’s time for your next dose then don’t take the missed dose as two doses should not be taken at the same time.   

What you should avoid while taking Pioglitazone? 

During your diabetes medication Pioglitazone you should avoid the intake of alcoholic beverages as it will lower your blood sugar and also interfere with your diabetes treatment.    

Precautions to be taken while using Pioglitazone 

You should not use Pioglitazone tablets if you are allergic to it or if you are suffering from active bladder cancer, severe or uncontrolled failure as well as diabetic ketoacidosis. This medicine is known for increasing your risk of developing bladder cancer so talk to your doctor about this well in advance.   

Inform your doctor beforehand if you have ever suffered from:

  • Liver disease
  • Congestive heart failure or heart disease
  • Bladder cancer
  • A heart attack or stroke
  • Eye problems caused by diabetes

There are chances that Pioglitazone medication might increase your risk of severe heart problems but remember that if you do not treat your diabetes then you can also damage your heart as well as other organs. So it’s always suggested to talk to your doctor well in advance about all the risk and benefits of this medicine.  

Since this medicine can cause dizziness and blurred vision so do not drive, use machinery or do any work that demands alertness or clear vision until and unless you are sure that you are sure to perform the activity safely.   

Pioglitazone should not be used by anyone who is younger than 18 years old. Women using Pioglitazone tablets are more likely to suffer from the broken bone so consult your doctor in advance how to keep your bones healthy.   

Can you take Pioglitazone during pregnancy?  

If you are pregnant then follow your doctor instructions carefully about using this medicine. During the pregnancy period, blood sugar is a very important thing due to which there are chances that your doctor changes the dose during each trimester. While using this medication, if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant then immediately inform your doctor.    

Pioglitazone tablets might stimulate ovulation in a premenopausal woman as well as increase the risk of an unplanned pregnancy. So talk to your doctor about the risk well in advance. 

Can a breastfeeding mother use Pioglitazone? 

While using this medicine it is not safe to breastfeed as it might harm the nursing baby. This drug also passes into breast milk. So ask your doctor about the risk before you breastfeed.   

What are the side effects of Pioglitazone? 

Some of the common side effects of this medicine include muscle pain, headache as well as cold symptoms such as sinus pain, sore throat, stuffy nose and sneezing.  

You need to consult the doctor immediately if you come across the signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling of your face, throat, lips, & tongue, hives as well as difficulty in breathing.  

Stop using Pioglitazone tablets and get the emergency medical help immediately if you have signs of liver damage such as loss of appetite, nausea, dark urine, upper stomach pain, clay-coloured stools, itching as well as jaundice.  

Consult your doctor if you suffer from: 

  • Sudden unusual pain in your foot, hand or arm
  • Shortness of breath, rapid weight gain
  • Pink or red urine, unusual tiredness
  • Rapid weight gain & swelling
  • New or worsening urge to urinate as well as painful or difficult urination 

It has been noticed that people using Pioglitazone have suffered from bladder cancer, but it is still not clear whether this medication was the actual cause or not.  

Therefore, this is not the list of complete side effects so if you experience anything apart from this list then consult your doctor immediately.  

Pioglitazone Interactions

Remember that the doctor has prescribed you this medicine only because he has seen that the benefits of this medicine are more than its side effects. There are many people who did not come across any serious side effects. When you visit your doctor make sure you share the list of all products that you are using such as prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs as well as herbal products.  

Drug interactions are known to change how your medications work or can even increase your risk for severe side effects. Without your doctor’s permission do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicines.    

There are total 296 drugs that are known to interact with Pioglitazone medication. 

8 major drug interactions

253 moderate drug interactions

35 minor drug interactions

Some of the drugs that interact with Pioglitazone tablets include Crestor, Glimepiride, Januvia, Jardiance, Lantus, Metformin, etc.  

How do Pioglitazone works? 

This medicine is known to work by restoring your body’s proper response to insulin, as a result, it lowers your blood sugar.  

Pioglitazone Warnings 

Pioglitazone medication may hardly cause or worsen a certain heart problem such as heart failure. If you come across any signs of heart failure like swelling in ankles or feet, sudden weight gain, shortness of breath or unusual tiredness then contact your doctor immediately.  

This medicine should strictly not be used by people with certain types of heart failure and make sure before using Pioglitazone tablets you have informed your doctor about heart failure. 


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