Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that can be used by itself or with other medications to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes). Available in the form of a pill, Actos comes in several strengths, including:
- Actos 15 mg tablets
- Actos 30 mg tablets
- Actos 45 mg tablets.
As part of a group of diabetes drugs called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"), Actos works by improving insulin sensitivity, which helps your body to use its natural insulin better. As a result of these effects, Actos helps to lower blood sugar levels and keep them under control.
Even though most people tolerate it well, Actos is not suitable for everyone. Before using this medication, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medicines you are taking (including vitamins, supplements, and nonprescription products).
(Click Actos for a more in-depth look at how the pills work, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)