Actos questions and answers
Q: What should I take; Actos or Metformin?
Im a diabetic and I am taking Metformin, but my new doctor prescribed me Actos 15mg. Actos is a lot more expensive
A: Change Doctors. Actos is a killer drug. Most all the new one's are . Thiazolidinediones, including ACTOS, cause or exacerbate congestive heart failure in some patients (see WARNINGS). After initiation of ACTOS, and after dose increases, observe patients carefully for signs and symptoms of heart failure (including excessive, rapid weight gain, dyspnea, and/or edema). If these signs and symptoms develop, the heart failure should be managed according to the current standards of care. Furthermore, discontinuation or dose reduction of ACTOS must be considered The "glitazone" diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia may double or triple the risk of broken bones after a year or two of use. The finding comes from Swiss researchers who analyzed 12 years of data on U.K. diabetes patients. They compared the 1,020 patients who suffered some kind of fracture to 3,728 matched patients who did not break any bones. Over the course of the study, most of the patients took several diabetes drugs. But those who refilled their Actos or Avandia prescriptions eight times or more — about 12 to 18 months of use — had nearly twice the fracture risk of other patients. And those who refilled their Actos or Avandia prescriptions 15 times or more — two or more years of treatment — nearly tripled their risk of fracture, found Christophe R. Meier, PhD, head of pharmacoepidemiology research at University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, and colleagues. "We found a very strong signal here for higher risk of fractures in people taking glitazones," Meier tells WebMD. "Our evidence fits together nicely with animal models and clinical reports suggesting that these drugs have a detrimental effect on bone. And we did not find any increased risk for other diabetes drugs, so all together, it looks like something really is going on here." Only take generic scripts. Like Glimepiride And the best Metformin. Are you on the max dose of metformin ? Metformin does the same thing as Actos but without the dangerous side effects. Metformin sells in America for $4 a prescription . For 3 months $10. Tin
Q: Where can I find Pioglitazone (ACTOS) on-line?
I would like Generic Actos but not from a third world country. Most sites order from India. :-(
A: most sites order from India cause Indian generic drugs are of higher quality, Would you like to get generics from China? After loosing my health insurance I have started to buy generics online, name of pharmacy www.rx-line.com they sell generics from FDA approved Indian manufacturer. I am very satisfied with the quality of their generics.
Q: Actos. It is known it can cause edema. What is the mechanism?
Does it impair renal output? Does it cause any renal damage?
A: Oedema is a side effect of all the 'glitozones'. Its cause is said to be multifactoral. The drugs cause an increase in plasma volume this may result from a reduction in renal excretion of sodium and an increase in sodium and free water retention. They may cause arterial vasodilatation, leading to sodium reabsorption with a subsequent increase in extracellular volume thereby resulting in peripheral oedema.Increased sympathetic nervous system activity, altered interstitial ion transport , alterations in endothelial permeability , and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ-mediated expression of vascular permeability growth factor may represent other possible mechanisms for oedema.
Q: Actos-am or pm when is the best time to take?
when is it best to take this, morning or evening?
A: Take it when ur comfortable but i will suggest just start with diabetic diet. For best diabetic recipes i have included in source. They send you daily update of good diabetic recipes. It also include your daily diabetic planner.
Q: what is the eqivalent indian drug to actos(american drug for diabetese)?
A: Actos has Pioglitazone Hydrochloride So here is a few suggestion. Glimepiride- 1mg, Each uncoated bilayered tablet contains: Pioglitazone- 15mg, Metformin Hydrochloride- 500mg (Extended release) Name of the product- GLIMESTAR-PM 1 Glimepiride- 2mg, Each uncoated bilayered tablet contains: Pioglitazone- 15mg, Metformin Hydrochloride- 500mg (Extended release) Name of the product-GLIMESTAR-PM 2 You can choose from them.
Q: Has anyone been prescribed Actos for diabetes and if so, what do you think of this drug?
A: ACTOS is a once-a-day prescription medication for type 2 diabetes that, along with healthy eating and physical activity, helps your body control blood sugar (glucose) levels. ACTOS makes the cells in your body more sensitive to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that allows the cells in your body to use blood sugar for energy. When the cells are more sensitive to insulin, the sugar that’s in your blood can pass more easily into the cells of your body where it’s really needed. So instead of remaining in the blood, where sugar can build up to dangerous levels, it passes into the cells and your blood sugar levels go down. ACTOS can be used by itself or in combination with certain other diabetes medications (sulfonylureas, metformin, or insulin) when your necessary efforts at healthy eating and physical activity do not control your blood sugar levels. ACTOS is a member of the type of oral diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (THIGH-ah-ZO-li-deen-DYE-owns; TZDs). These medications help reduce insulin resistance, which is one of the major problems in type 2 diabetes. Some of the benefits of therapy with ACTOS are: With diet and exercise, lowers blood sugar by helping your body use its own insulin more effectively. Convenient, once-a-day pill can be taken anytime. Can be taken with or without food. While not intended to treat lipid disorders, ACTOS may improve HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides. Has not been associated with stomach upset when used alone. Can be used alone or in combination with certain other diabetes medicines such as sulfonylureas, metformin, or insulin. Taken alone, ACTOS does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). However, if you take ACTOS with insulin or sulfonylureas, you may be at increased risk for hypoglycemia. Talk to your health professional about the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia. ACTOS is available in three different dose levels so you and your health professional have more treatment options to consider. ACTOS is also available in convenient combination tablets: ACTOplus met combines ACTOS and metformin in one tablet. Duetact combines ACTOS and glimepiride in one tablet. ACTOS can often begin working right away, although it may take several weeks to see the full effect.
Q: Could u give me a list of many actos who made good films.?
actors, actress, directors, like Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Dustin Hoffman, Clint Eastwood,
A: every denzel washington film me and my boyfriend have watched has been amazing. leonardo dicaprios new films are good eg. blood diamonds, the departed. robert deniro is good too. for comedy adam sandler and jim carey are good.
Q: My Physcian put me on ACTOS,15Mg.What is it for and uses?
I have iabetis Type 2 and HBP
A: Actos/Pioglitazone is mainly used for the effectively and conveniently treating of Type – 2 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin and cannot properly use the insulin it makes to control blood glucose. Insulin allows glucose carried in the bloodstream to enter the cells of your body for energy. If your body is resistant to the effects of insulin, a condition known as insulin resistance, and if it cannot make enough insulin to overcome that resistance, glucose builds up in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use sugar, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body, and insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. High blood glucose, diabetes may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart. It is important to control type 2 diabetes because the buildup of glucose in the blood, if not controlled, can lead to serious medical problems such as kidney damage, amputation, heart disease, and blindness. Actos/Pioglitazone is the most common and very successfully used drug for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.
Q: I am a diabetic patient. The doctor prescribed me Daonil, Glucophage and Actos.?
For the past few months I have been able to control my sugar without Actos. So, can I stop taking this. Help from professionals will be highly appreciated.
A: Your doctor put you on actos because its expensive and he gets a kick back. Any doctor that precribes avandia or actos should be dropped immediately. I'll give you the reasons: Fracture Risk Doubles in Diabetes Patients Taking Actos or Avandia By Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD Medical NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MDApril 28, 2008 -- The "glitazone" diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia may double or triple the risk of broken bones after a year or two of use. The finding comes from Swiss researchers who analyzed 12 years of data on U.K. diabetes patients. They compared the 1,020 patients who suffered some kind of fracture to 3,728 matched patients who did not break any bones. Fracture Risk Doubles in Diabetes Patients Taking Actos or Avandia By Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD Medical NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MDApril 28, 2008 -- The "glitazone" diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia may double or triple the risk of broken bones after a year or two of use. A study shows that patients taking Avandia or Actos have twice the risk of developing heart failure compared to people not on the popular medications. Meaning one out of every 50 patients with type 2 diabetes taking these drugs will . Also your period could have stopped for years and suddenly reappear. Plus chance of pregnancy I would never take either one. Their the same class of drugs. Also the drug companies sponsor test, don't you think they influence outcomes.
Q: I am Diabetic, taking Actos & Glucotrol, should I risk taking Tricor?
I had blood work and have elevated triglyceride levels, but my bad cholestorol level is only 208, this was a non-fasting blood test, with taking Lipitol and the drugs i mentioned above, adding Tricor seems a bit extreme to me.
A: ask your Doctor!
Q: Has anyone heard about Actos being harmful to the heart?
A: Actos and Avandia are two different drugs in the same class. The recent article which stirred up so much controversy (and was terribly overhyped) was about Avandia, but any legitimate findings would very likely apply to Actos as well.
Q: Is Metformin better than Actos, and is headaches a side effect of Metformin?
A: I have never been on Actos. However I have been taking Metformin for about a period of two years. I take it for Polycycstic Ovary Sydrome. I know that this is a diabetic drug. The first two weeks were the hardest. It was very hard on my stomach. Other than that I think it is a wonderful drug with not too many side effects. If you are getting headaches it might be the metformin causing it. A doctor will be able to determine that for you. I lost about 5 lbs when i first started Metformin. If you dont like Metformin ask your doct to change it for you. Good luck
Q: what is the medication actos used for?
Q: Which med is better for new diabetes 2 patient Actos or Metformin?
A: Actos is much more effective. Metformin only effects the digestive system slightly and can only be effective in minor cases. Actos is also MUCH more expensive.
Q: I'm currently take Actos for diabetes but it causes my feet and ankles to swell, what can I do about this?
A: First of all, it may not be the medication that is causing you to swell. Swelling in the feet and legs is a side effect of diabetes in some patients. Talk to your doctor and decide with his / her assistance if the med is causing the problem. There are hundreds of options for diabetes meds out there and he / she can probably give you another option other than the Actos. To help with the swelling, try to elevate your feet as much as possible when you get a chance. Also, there are many products out there that might help. Try out some of the diabetic socks that are non-binding. Tight-fitting socks will definitely increase the swelling. Also, make sure your shoes are properly fitting. With diabetes, it is essential to take good care of your feet / leg areas. Again, talk to your doctor about his / her recommendations for treating this issue. Good luck and best wishes...