Actos | pioglitazone
Drug Class: peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ)
Manufacturer:Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America
Approval Date: July 1999
What is Actos and how does it work
Actos is an oral medication that reduces blood glucose by increasing the sensitivity of muscles, liver, fat and other tissues to insulin. Actos increases insulin sensitivity by stimulating the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ) on tissues.
What does Actos treat
Actos is used for treating type 2 diabetes in combination with diet and exercise. It may be combined with metformin, insulin or sulfonylurea. It is not used for treating type 1 diabetes.
How effective is Actos
What are interesting facts about Actos
How is Actos dosed and administered
Actos is supplied as 15, 30, and 45 mg tablets. The FDA approved generic Actos (pioglitazone) in 2012. The recommended dosage is 15-45 mg orally once daily.
What are the side effects of Actos
Common: Headache, muscle pain, respiratory tract infection, sinus infection, sore throat
Serious: Heart failure, liver failure, fractures, diabetic eye disease, ovulation, low blood glucose (when combined with insulin or sulfonylurea), fluid retention, increased risk of bladder cancer.
Actos drug interactions
What is the cost of Actos
The cost for 30 tablets of brand name Actos can range from $253 to $476. The price of 30 tablets of Actos generic ranges between $150 to $350 without discount coupons.
How to obtain prescription assistance for Actos
For prescription assistance for Actos contact Takeda Prescription Assistance Program
References: Actos FDA Prescribing Information and Medication Guide
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