Amidst an intense debate over the safety of Type-2 diabetes drugs, the FDA has asked the makers of Actos to issue a black box warning about the serious risk of adverse cardiovascular events, including heart attack, heart failure, and cardiovascular-related deaths.
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The oral diabetes medication Actos (generic name pioglitazone) is made by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and co-marketed in the United States by Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals. Actos and related drugs are used to control type-2 diabetes in patients whose condition is not adequately controlled by diet and exercise alone.
Actos belongs to a class of drugs called Thiazolidinedione drugs, which help to treat Type-2 diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels and increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin. This drug may be prescribed alone (as Actos) or in combination with other active ingredients such as metformin (sold as Actoplus met) or glimepiride (sold as duetact). A patient’s drug regiment may also include insulin or other medications in addition to those containing pioglitazone.
Side Effects of Actos
There are many possible side effects of Actos, including common problems such as:
- sinus infections
- upper respiratory infections
Most people tolerate the medicine reasonably well, and when side effects do occur, they usually don’t require medical attention. However, certain Actos side effects are more serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider, including:
- trouble breathing
- symptoms of high or low blood sugar
- rapid weight gain
- vision changes
- Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
- Elevation of liver enzymes
- Liver failure
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart Attack
If you are taking Actos and are concerned about the risks posed by this medication, it is important to speak with your health care provider. Remember, it is crucial to speak with a qualified physician before changing your treatment regiment or stopping Actos. Patients who choose to continue use of Actos should be aware of the possible side effect risks and the symptoms of these complications.
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