Several studies have looked at the effects of Actoplus Met on type 2 diabetes.
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control. For people without diabetes, HbA1c results are usually less than 6 percent, while people with diabetes usually have higher results. In one study, people taking Actoplus Met lowered their HbA1c by up to 0.64 percent on average, while people taking metformin alone increased their HbA1c by 0.19 percent.
Studies have shown that the higher the HbA1c, the greater the chance for developing long-term problems related to diabetes. This includes such problems as heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic nephropathy. By getting blood sugar levels under control with Actoplus Met, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing these complications.
Fasting Blood Sugar
Fasting blood sugar is another way to study the effects of diabetes drugs. In studies, people taking Actoplus Met decreased their fasting blood sugar levels by 42.8 mg/dL, while people taking metformin alone lowered their fasting blood sugar levels by only 5.2 mg/dL.
General considerations for when and how to take Actoplus Met include the following:
- The medicine comes in tablet form. It should be taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
- It is best to try to take Actoplus Met with food in order to prevent stomach upset.
- Actoplus Met should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.