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Learn more about pioglitazone

What dosages is pioglitazone available in?

What dosages is pioglitazone available in?

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

What is pioglitazone used for?

What is pioglitazone used for?

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

How does pioglitazone work?

How does pioglitazone work?

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

How do I take pioglitazone?

How do I take pioglitazone?

The typical dose for pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone?

Is it safe for me to take pioglitazone?

pioglitazone 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 pioglitazone if you have heart failure.

pioglitazone Common Side Effects

pioglitazone Common Side Effects

Common side effects of pioglitazone include:

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

pioglitazone Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with pioglitazone. 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 pioglitazone

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

The following medications may interact with pioglitazone:

  • 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 pioglitazone?

Who makes pioglitazone?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is pioglitazone safe in pregnancy?

Is pioglitazone safe in pregnancy?

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


What to do if you missed your pioglitazone dose

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