Without a Prescription
Actos is prescribed in the treatment of Type II diabetes.
Actos is prescribed with sulfonylurea, metformin and insulin for blood sugar control when diet and exercise or any of these drugs alone don't work.
Actos is prescribed for the treatment of type II diabetes along with:
- A healthy diabetic diet;
- Careful monitoring of blood glucose;
- Regular exercise;
- Smoking reduction;
- Weight control;
Actos is prescribed alone or in combination with metformin, a drug in a different class of anti-diabetic drugs, that also lowers blood glucose.
Actos is not compatible with the following conditions:
- Any type of infection illness or injury;
- Heart failure or heart disease;
- Need surgery;
- Type I diabetes mellitus;
Actos may cause serious side effects and allergic reactions, which may include any of the following:
- Unusual fatigue;
- Swelling of the face lips and tongue;
- Nausea vomiting abdominal pain or loss of appetite;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Dark urine;
- Closing of the throat;
Actos is more likely to cause less serious side effects, which may include any of the following:
- Sore throat nasal discharge or cold symptoms;
- Muscle ache;
The most common side effects seen in clinical trials with Actos alone or in combination with sulfonylureas, metformin, or insulin were:
- Muscle Aches;
- Sore Throat;
- Tooth Disorders;
- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection;
Tablets: 15 milligrams,
Tablets: 30 milligrams,
Tablets: 45 milligrams.
Actos is prescribed once daily in doses ranging from 15 to 45 milligrams.
Actos may be taken any time of the day, with or without meals. If a dose is missed on one day, two doses should not be taken the next day to make up for the missed dose.