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Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It can either be used by itself or in combination with other medications.
As part of a group of diabetes medications 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.
Clinical studies have shown that by getting blood sugar levels under control with Actos, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing diabetes complications, such as heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic nephropathy. This prescription medication has also been shown to decrease fasting blood sugar levels by 30 to 56 mg/dL.
(Click Actos for a more in-depth look at the effects of Actos, including information on how it works, general dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.)
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