Actos, a medicine that is only available by prescription, is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The medication helps to improve insulin sensitivity to lower blood sugar and keep it under control. By lowering blood sugar levels, Actos can also reduce your risk of developing long-term problems related to diabetes, such as heart disease or diabetic nephropathy. Common side effects may include upper respiratory infection, headache, and sinus infection.
The drug is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.
How Does It Work?
Actos is part of a group of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"). The medication helps to improve insulin sensitivity, meaning that it helps your body use its natural insulin better. This helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.
There have been several studies looking at the effects of this drug for type 2 diabetes:
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Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ranbaxy announces settlement of Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) patent litigation (3/15/2010). Ranbaxy Web site. Available at: http://www.ranbaxy.com/news/newsdisp.aspx?cp=956&flag=LN. Accessed April 1, 2010.
Mylan, Inc. Mylan announces first-to-file opportunity settlement agreements for Actoplus Met(R) and Actos(R) (3/16/2010). Mylan Web site. Available at: http://investor.mylan.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=452248. Accessed April 1, 2010.
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