A healthcare provider may prescribe Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride) by itself or in combination with other medications to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes).
The medication comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once a day. There are several strengths of Actos available, including:
- Actos 15 mg tablets
- Actos 30 mg tablets
- Actos 45 mg tablets.
Your healthcare provider will consider several factors before prescribing Actos. Some of these factors include:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are currently taking.
You can take your Actos dosage either with or without food. However, if the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food. Make sure to take your dosage at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medicine in your blood.
(Click Actos Dosage for more information on dosing guidelines for treating type 2 diabetes with various strengths of Actos. This article also discusses the factors that may affect your dosage and offers suggestions on how to safely use this medication.)