What are Actos 15 mg tablets?
Actos is an oral medicine for type 2 diabetes mellitus. It works like an insulin sensitizer, helping to restore the body's proper response to insulin and lowering the blood sugar. Actos tablets can be used as a monotherapy or together with medicines, including insulin, metformin, acarbose, voglibose etc. This medicine provides the following effects:
- modulates the transcription of the genes involved in the control of glucose,
- decreases insulin resistance,
- decreases the glucose production in the liver,
- makes the body’s cells more sensitive to insulin.
Active principle: pioglitazone hydrochloride
Amount: 100 tablets
Maker: Teva Takeda Yakuhin Ltd., Nagoya, Japan
Indications: type 2 diabetes mellitus
How to take
As a monotherapy: for adults, take 1-2 tablets (15-30 mg of pioglitazone) at a time, once a day, before or after breakfast. Your doctor may adjust the dosage if needed according to the gender, age and symptoms. The upper limit of 3 tablets (45 mg) a day should not be exceeded in any way.
Concomitantly with insulin: for adults, take 1 tablet (15 mg of pioglitazone) at a time, once a day, before or after breakfast. Your doctor may adjust the dosage if needed according to the gender, age and symptoms. The upper limit of 2 tablets (30 mg) a day should not be exceeded in any way.
Contraindications: do not use for patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, pregnant, possibly pregnant or breastfeeding women, patients with a heart disease or a history of heart disease, ketosis, diabetic coma or precoma, hepatic disorder, renal disorder or severe infection; in a pre- or post-operative state; patients with an injury, pituitary abnormality, adrenal disorder, inadequate food intake or debility; patients doing strenuous physical exercise, heavy drinkers; patients with a bladder cancer/a history of bladder cancer or diabetic retinopathy.
If an allergic reaction occurs, patients needs to stop taking the medicine and consult with their doctor. If patient is taking any other medication or treatment, they should consult with their doctor in advance.
As this medicine may cause hypoglycemia, patient should be careful when operating in potentially hazardous activities such as driving a car. If hypoglycemia symptoms occur, take an adequate amount of sugar (e.g., sugar, glucose, soft drinks). If you are taking this medicine concomitantly with an α-glucosidase inhibitor (e.g. voglibose, carbose), ingest glucose in case of any hypoglycemic symptoms.