Actos contains a key component called as pioglitazone hydrochloride, which is a member of a category of drugs known as glitazones or thiazolidinediones. Actos regulates levels of blood sugar in diabetes type 2 patients.
People suffering from diabetes have an absence or scarcity of insulin – a hormone prepared by the pancreas. Insulin manages levels of sugar in blood. In type 2 diabetes patients, the pancreas becomes unable to produce the required quantity of insulin. The cells in the body resist to low levels of insulin. Insulin usually causes the cells to remove sugar from the blood. Insulin lacks this activity in diabetes patients.
Actos elevates the sensitivity of fat, muscle cells and liver to insulin, which assists the cells to eliminate glucose from blood. Actos also reduces glucose manufactured by the liver and revitalizes the capacity of cells located in the pancreas, which prepares insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes Treatment, specifically for overweight people whose levels of blood sugar can’t be controlled by exercise and diet and who can’t use Metformin, incorporates using Actos. It can be jointly used with Metformin or other antidiabetic medicines called gliclazide (sulphonylurea), or both in certain cases of type 2 diabetes treatments. How to use Actos to treat diabetes? The guidelines for the dosing of Actos are mentioned in the paragraph that follows.
How to Use Actos:
The quantity of the dose and the number of doses to be taken in a day are recommended depending upon the patient’s medical condition, age and any other drugs being taken. For getting the maximum advantage, you should precisely follow the dosing instructions. Typically, Actos is advised to be taken as one pill once a day. You can take the tablet with or without food. Swallow it with a glass of water. Keep taking the medicine regularly for managing the symptoms of diabetes. The health-care-provider will suggest you to keep checking blood sugar level on a periodic basis. Ask the doctor, how frequently to check it.
Whilst taking Actos for diabetes, it is necessary to take some precautionary measures. Following are the common precautions one should take while taking Actos. Speak with the doctor about any additional cautions that apply to you.
Actos may make a person obese. You should consume a calorie-controlled diet while taking Actos. Check weight on a periodic basis and let the doctor know in case of weight gain.
Rarely, Actos may cause fluid retention. Tell the doctor immediately if you notice shortness of breath, swollen ankles or excess and rapid weight gain during the treatment.
If you experience any problems in the eyesight (worsening or new) tell the doctor about it.
The health-care-provider will advise regular blood tests to make sure that your liver is in sound health. Notify the doctor if you observe any symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting or fatigue. These may be the signs of liver problems.
Don’t use without consulting a doctor, in people suffering from low levels of hemoglobin in blood, angina, acute porphyrias, macular oedema or heart attack.
For more information about Actos, consult your Doctor or Pharmacist