ACTOS (pioglitazone)
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This medication is used to treat diabetes. It works by helping to restore your body's proper response to insulin, thereby lowering your blood sugar. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, circulation problems, and blindness.

How To Use
Take by mouth, with or without food, once daily as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. This medication may be used in addition to other medications to treat diabetes. Take all other medication as directed by your doctor. If you are currently taking troglitazone, wait at least one week between stopping troglitazone and starting therapy with this drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects
Headache may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: sore throat, cough, unusual tiredness or weakness, dizziness, tremors, rapid heartbeat, muscle ache, swelling, unusual thirst, unusual amount of urine, trouble breathing, sudden weight gain. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these very unlikely but serious side effects: vomiting, stomach pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Use of this medication is not recommended if you have newly diagnosed or worsening heart failure (acute congestive heart failure). Tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies, swelling (edema), heart problems (e.g., chronic

Drug Interactions
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially of: drugs for diabetes (e.g., rosiglitazone, insulin, glipizide, glyburide), ketoconazole. This medication may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about the use of other birth control methods. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Do not share this medication with others. It is recommended you attend a diabetes education program to understand diabetes and all important aspects of its treatment including meals/diet, exercise, personal hygiene, medication and getting regular eye, foot, and medical exams. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. Keep all medical appointments. Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., liver and kidney function tests, fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, complete blood counts) will be performed to monitor for side effects and response to therapy. Regularly check your blood or urine for sugar, as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture


This Information may change. Therefore, read the product information leaflet provided with the product before using it !!

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