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.
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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