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Actoplus Met is commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. The medication combines pioglitazone and metformin, two diabetes drugs that decrease the amount of sugar absorbed into the body and help improve insulin sensitivity. The product comes in tablet form and is usually taken once or twice a day. Possible side effects include nausea, upper respiratory tract infections, and weight gain.
- Pioglitazone is part of a class of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"). This drug helps to improve insulin sensitivity. This means that pioglitazone helps your body respond to natural insulin better, which helps to lower blood sugar.
- Metformin works in several ways. It decreases the amount of sugar (glucose) made by the liver. Metformin can also decrease the amount of sugar absorbed into the body (from the diet) and can make insulin receptors more sensitive, helping the body respond to its own insulin better. All of these effects cause a decrease in blood sugar levels.