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Actos (Pioglitazone)

Part of the thiazolidinedione group of drugs and used for treating Type 2 diabetes, either in combination with another anti-diabetic medication or on its own, Actos decreases the level of glucose (sugar) and triglycerides in the blood by limiting the production and secretion of glucose, by the liver, into the blood.

As it lowers blood sugar levels, the body is more sensitive to insulin. At the same time, it improves the “good” or HDL cholesterol in the body, as well as potentially altering the concentration of fats (lipids) in the blood.

Method of Use

It is recommended that Actos is taken orally, with or without food, at the same time each day as directed by your doctor. Further information on dosages is contained within the accompanying leaflet. Always complete the prescribed course for the maximum benefit. If you miss a dose of Actos, take it as soon as you remember, unless this is close to your next scheduled dose. If it is, miss that dose and then return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.


Actos is to be stored at room temperature between 59°F and 68°F (15-30°C), in its original container, away from heat, light and moisture. It must not be stored in the bathroom. The product must be kept out of the reach of children and pets at all times. Any medication that is out of date should be disposed of safely (any pharmacist will be able to advise you on disposal instructions).

Advise Notes

If you are allergic to any ingredients contained in Actos, or have a heart condition, or you have Type 1 diabetes, or a history a liver condition, including jaundice, during treatment with troglitazone, do not take Actos and consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Prior to using Actos, advise your doctor or pharmacist of any medical conditions you may have, particulary if:

Potential Side Effects

If you experience any of the above or following side effects, seek immediate emergency medical treatment and notify your doctor as soon as possible. Possible side effects include: