Actos

Name:

Actos

Generic Name:

Pioglitazone Hydrochloride

Form:

Tablet

Medication Class:

TZD

Active Ingredient:

Pioglitazone Hydrochloride

Pregnancy Category:

Consult your physician (Category C)

About this medication

Actos is the name of the medication. It comes in the form of a tablet, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called TZD.

Why is this medication prescribed

This medication is used to treat type-2 diabetes and pre-diabetes conditions. Normally, when you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into a sugar called glucose. This is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. The body needs Insulin to be able to use this sugar for energy. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. This causes glucose to build up in the blood instead of going into cells. It can lead to serious diabetes complications.

How does it work

Actos belongs to a group of medications called Thiazolidinediones (TZD for short). This medication helps natural insulin in your blood to work better. This way more sugar gets into the cells, and the blood-sugar level goes down.

How to use it

This medication comes as a tablet. You should put it in your mouth and swallow it with a glass of water.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you become pregnant. There are not enough studies about this medication in pregnant women. Use the medication during pregnancy only if clearly needed.