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Actos (pioglitazone) is an antidiabetic medication that can be used on its own or along with other medications to help manage blood glucose in type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes are strongly recommended for the majority of patients, and will cause more significant effects, but Actos will still provide some benefit if lifestyle changes are not made or maintained.

The medication works by improving the function of insulin in the body, thereby lowering blood glucose. Though relatively uncommon, insulin can be administered along with Actos treatment.

It's possible to buy Actos in combination with metformin in the product ActoPlus Met. While the pioglitazone in Actos improves insulin function, metformin inhibits insulin production by the liver and reduces insulin absorption from food.

Patients should not buy Actos to treat type 1 diabetes, nor should the medication be used in diabetic ketoacidosis.

Treatment Overview

Actos comes in tablets, usually taken just once per day. Tablets may be taken with or without food according to personal preference. A glass of fluid is recommended with each dose.

Dosage depends largely on other medical conditions present and other medications being taken.

For otherwise healthy patients:

  • Most patients start with 15 to 30 mg Actos once per day.
  • Dosage may be increased, if needed, in 15 mg increments up to 45 mg per day.

For those with congestive heart failure:

  • Patients are usually started on 15 mg once per day.
  • If well tolerated, and if needed, dosage may be gradually increased up to 45 mg per day.

And for those taking other antidiabetic medications:

  • Dosage should be determined by a doctor.
  • Doses of other medications may also be modified if a patient starts taking Actos.

All patients should monitor blood sugar closely at the start of treatment or following any dosage adjustments to Actos or other antidiabetic medication.

Treatment works best over the long term, and most patients buy Actos for years. It's important to attend regular doctor checkups to ensure the medication is working as intended. Doctors will also be able to monitor for developing complications---either the result of Actos or type 2 diabetes---and address them as needed. Most complications are significantly easier to manage if caught early.

The Importance of Lifestyle Changes

Patients who buy Actos will most likely be advised to make lifestyle changes as well. These vary from patient to patient and also by location, but in general are fairly similar:

  • Improve diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Reach or maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage high cholesterol
  • Manage high blood pressure
  • Quit smoking

Lifestyle changes are often the only way to control type 2 diabetes without medications; if made and maintained, treatment with Actos---or any other antidiabetic medication---may eventually end. Otherwise treatment will likely need to continue for the remainder of life.

Side Effects

Not everyone is the ideal candidate for Actos. Be sure the prescribing doctor is aware if there is any history of or high risk of:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver impairment
  • Bladder cancer
  • Diabetes-related eye problems

The above don't necessarily rule out Actos use, but they might---there are alternative treatments that may be less risky for some individuals.

Most side effects from Actos in otherwise healthy patients are mild and not cause for concern unless severe or persistant past the first few weeks of treatment, including:

  • Headache
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Muscle pain
  • Sinus pain or pressure
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

More rare, but more serious, side effects can also develop. Seek medical attention if experiencing:

  • Blurry vision
  • Pain in hands, feet, or arms
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pink or red urine
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Edema

Other medications---including other antidiabetic medications---can interact with Actos and cause potentially severe complications. Be sure the prescribing doctor is aware of all other medications being taken, and double-check with a doctor before adding, removing, or modifying dosage of any other medications.

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Clients will need a prescription to buy Actos. If you don't have one, you're welcome to take advantage of our online doctor services for no additional charge. Simply add the product to your cart, initiate checkout, and answer the questions about your medical history and other medications being taken to see if you qualify.

Patients who already have a prescription to buy Actos will be given options to transfer it to us after completing checkout.

Please don't hesitate to drop us a line if you have any questions or encounter a problem with your order.



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