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How Does Actos Work?

Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride) is licensed to treat type 2 diabetes. It can be used by itself or in combination with other medications to help treat the symptoms of diabetes. But how does Actos work?
As part of a group of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"), Actos works by improving insulin sensitivity. This means that this medication helps your body to use its natural insulin better, which, in turn, helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.
Studies have shown that by getting blood sugar levels under control with Actos, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing diabetes complications, such as heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic nephropathy.
(For more information on how this drug works, click Actos. This article provides a complete overview of this prescription product, including information on its effectiveness, general dosing guidelines, and safety concerns to be aware of before starting treatment.)
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