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Side effects may occur with Actoplus Met, and blood sugar levels may become too high or too low. Low blood sugar is more likely to occur when Actoplus Met is taken with other diabetes medications. This may cause cold sweats, shakiness, or dizziness. Symptoms of high blood sugar include nausea, fatigue, or shortness of breath. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you are taking Actoplus Met and blood sugar levels become too high or too low.
One of the possible side effects with Actoplus Met® (pioglitazone and metformin) is its affect on blood sugar levels. For some people, Actoplus Met can cause blood sugar levels to drop too low (hypoglycemia). It is also possible for blood sugar to go too high (hyperglycemia) in people taking the drug.
Unlike many other diabetes drugs, Actoplus Met is unlikely to cause low blood sugar. However, low blood sugar is more likely when Actoplus Met is combined with other diabetes medications. Low blood sugar is also more common in elderly people and in people with adrenal, pituitary, liver, or kidney problems. It is also more likely to occur during fasting before surgery and after prolonged exercise.
Symptoms of low blood sugar can vary, depending on a number of factors, including how low blood sugar levels are. Examples of early symptoms may include:
- Extreme hunger
- Cold sweats
- Blurry vision.
More severe symptoms include:
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of life.
If you develop any possible symptoms of low blood sugar while on Actoplus Met, contact your healthcare provider immediately, or seek emergency medical care and stop taking the medicine. If your healthcare provider believes that low blood sugar is causing your symptoms, he or she may recommend that you treat the low blood sugar immediately by eating or drinking something with sugar in it, such as orange juice, hard candy, a tablespoon of honey, or even a tablespoon of granulated sugar.