Before beginning treatment for type 2 diabetes, drug information on Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride) should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. This prescription medication is approved for use either by itself or with other medications for treating type 2 diabetes.
Although most people do not have any problems while taking this diabetic drug, Actos is not suitable for everyone. For instance, you may not be able to safely use this medicine if you have certain medical conditions, such as heart problems, liver problems, or certain allergies.
The drug comes in the form of tablets and is typically taken once a day. Most people tolerate it well; when side effects do occur, they are generally mild and are easily treated. Some of the common side effects reported with Actos include headaches, muscle pain, and upper respiratory infections.
(Click Actos for more information on this topic. This article also covers how this medicine works, lists other 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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