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Updated on 26 Apr 2024

Learn more about ACTOS

What is ACTOS?

What is ACTOS?

ACTOS is the brand name for pioglitazone hydrochloride and is available as an oral tablet.

What dosages is ACTOS available in?

What dosages is ACTOS available in?

ACTOS is available as a 15 mg, 30 mg, or 45 mg tablet.

What is ACTOS used for?

What is ACTOS used for?

ACTOS is a thiazolidinedione that helps lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetics.

How does ACTOS work?

How does ACTOS work?

ACTOS contains pioglitazone, which is a thiazolidinedione that helps your body use insulin better to lower your blood sugar.

How do I take ACTOS?

How do I take ACTOS?

The typical dose for ACTOS is 1 tablet (either 15 mg or 30 mg) taken by mouth once daily. It can be increased to a maximum of 45 mg once daily if needed.

Is it safe for me to take ACTOS?

Is it safe for me to take ACTOS?

ACTOS is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use ACTOS if you have heart failure.

ACTOS Common Side Effects

ACTOS Common Side Effects

Common side effects of ACTOS include:

  • Respiratory infection (like a common cold)
  • Headache
  • Sinus infection
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain or irritation of the throat
ACTOS Serious Side Effects

ACTOS Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with ACTOS. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Worsening heart failure (shortness of breath, unusual swelling and tiredness, and sudden weight gain)
  • Diabetic eye disease with swelling (also called macular edema)
  • Bladder cancer (pain while you urinate, constant need to urinate, and blood in your urine)
  • Liver problems (nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, unusual tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes)
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on ACTOS

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on ACTOS

The following medications may interact with ACTOS:

  • Strong CYP2C8 inhibitors such as gemfibrozil increase the levels and effects of pioglitazone
  • Topiramate and rifampin may decrease pioglitazone levels and effects.
  • Alcohol
  • Insulin secretagogues or insulin use may increase the risk for hypoglycemia
Who makes ACTOS?

Who makes ACTOS?

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Is ACTOS safe in pregnancy?

Is ACTOS safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if ACTOS will harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while receiving ACTOS, talk to your healthcare provider.

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