Actos (Oral)

Questions | Reviews ***


Who manufactures ACTOS? Who holds the patent?  Is the generic legal in the US? Who manufactures the generic?  Is the generic legal in Canada?  Is buying the generic from a Canadian pharmacy safe?   Fred Carlson 
by Fred Carlson in Sacramento CA, 03/03/2008

Actos (15 mg. oral)

  I was taking 15mg. of Actos a day for 9 months, and all 4 of my A1c tests were 5.9.  I quit taking it last month. My question is, How long does the Actos stay in your system after you quit taking it. Thank you. Sharron  
by Sharron Benda in Green Forest, Arkansas, 11/01/2007

Actos (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Actos (Oral)

Actos (Oral) Medication Classification


Actos (Oral) Brandname


Actos (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Pioglitazone (pye-oh-GLI-ta-zone) Treats type 2 diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) by helping your body use insulin correctly.

When To Not Use Actos (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to pioglitazone.

How Should You Use Actos (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Use the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Actos (Oral) Storage

Store Actos (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Actos (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Actos (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using other medicines to treat your diabetes.
  • Some birth control pills may not work as well when used with this medicine.

Actos (Oral) Warnings

  • To keep your diabetes under control, follow your doctor's orders regarding diet, exercise, and testing your urine or blood for sugar.
  • Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you have had ovulation problems, this medicine may correct that. You may start ovulating again, which could increase your chance of becoming pregnant. If you have questions or concerns about this, talk with your doctor.
  • Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have heart failure or liver disease.
  • If you also use insulin shots or another diabetes medicine by mouth, you are more likely to have a low blood sugar reaction after you start using pioglitazone, especially if you miss a meal, exercise for a long time, or drink alcohol. Fever, surgery, or an infection may also cause changes in blood sugar.
  • If your blood sugar gets too low, you may feel weak, drowsy, confused, anxious, or very hungry. You may also sweat, shake, or have blurred vision, a fast heartbeat, trouble concentrating, or a headache that won't go away.
  • Make sure you know what to do if your blood sugar gets too low. Teach your friends, co-workers, and family members what they can do to help you if you have low blood sugar.
  • You can sometimes treat low blood sugar by eating some form of quick-acting sugar. Good sources of sugar include glucose tablets or gel, fruit juice or non-diet soft drink, corn syrup, candy, honey, sugar cubes, or table sugar dissolved in water.
  • Tell your doctor if you begin to have more problems than usual with low blood sugar. Do not make any changes in the amount of insulin you use without first talking with your doctor.

Actos (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Dark colored urine
  • Stomach pain with nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Cough, runny nose, sneezing
  • Headache
  • Mild swelling in hands or feet
  • Muscle pain

Actos (Oral) Ratings

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Actos (Oral)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: **


pamela haass, delmar delaware - 01/31/2017

been taking actos. even though I was folling a low card diet, I gained 30 pounds in 4-5 months. have been experiencing shortness of breath while exercising and feeling more fatigue than usual. taking 30mg daily. went to see endrocronologist , hoping they would cut it back.took me off completely. hoping to see it make changes in my ability to lose weight, as well as not having shortness of breath!

Actos (Oral)

Effectiveness: **

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: **


Rosa, london, uk - 02/11/2008

Since starting the medication called Actos, I have noticed that I am feeling even more severely depressed, including bouts of crying.
After researching the medication, I can find no mention of this being one of the noted side effects and am curious to know if others who are taking this medication have had similar negative side effects.

Actos (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Ruth Miller, ma - 03/15/2008

Using the drug Actos, helps to control diabetes, but it does not seem to help with weight gain. I still keep gaining it slowly but surely while taking it.

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M.Parker , Los Angeles, California - 07/19/2017

Actor will control elevated blood sugar, but the side affects are horrible, especially the weight gain and muscle pain. This would not be the first medication to try.