If you are looking for ways to control diabetes, Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride) may be an effective medication for your situation. However, Actos is not suitable for everyone. To avoid any complications, make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medicines you are taking (including vitamins, supplements, and nonprescription medications).
As part of a group of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"), Actos works to control diabetes 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.
(Click Actos for more information on using Actos to control diabetes. This article also discusses how this medication works, lists potential side effects, and offers some general safety precautions to be aware of before using the drug.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 16, 2007.
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