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Clinical Effects

Several studies have examined the effects of Duetact for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Duetact and Hemoglobin A1c
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 pioglitazone in addition to a sulfonylurea (such as in Duetact) lowered their HbA1c by up to 1.67 percent, on average, while people taking only sulfonylurea did not see any decrease in their HbA1c levels.
Studies have shown that the higher the HbA1c, the greater the chance is for developing long-term problems related to diabetes, such as:
By getting blood sugar levels under control with Duetact, it may be possible to decrease the chances of developing these diabetes-related complications.
Duetact and Fasting Blood Sugar
Fasting blood sugar is another way to study the effects of diabetes drugs. In studies, people taking pioglitazone in addition to a sulfonylurea (such as in Duetact) decreased their fasting blood sugar levels by 56.1 mg/dL, while people taking a sulfonylurea alone did not see any decrease in their fasting blood sugar.

When and How to Take Duetact

General considerations for when and how to take this medication include the following:
  • Duetact comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually once a day.
  • You can take it with or without food. If Duetact bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • The medicine should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For Duetact to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it.
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