If you have type 2 diabetes, a healthcare provider may prescribe Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride). This prescription medication is typically taken once a day and comes in the form of tablets.
As part of a group of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"), Actos helps to improve insulin sensitivity, meaning that it helps your body to use its natural insulin better. This helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.
While most people do not experience problems with these tablets, Actos is not suitable for everyone. For example, you may not be able to take this medication if you have certain medical conditions, such as heart problems, liver problems, or an upcoming surgery. Before using this drug, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins, supplements, and nonprescription medications).
Actos is available in three strengths:
- Actos 15 mg tablets
- Actos 30 mg tablets
- Actos 45 mg tablets.
(Click Actos and Actos Dosage for a more in-depth look at how Actos works to treat type 2 diabetes. These articles also discuss potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and safety precautions.)