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Actos (also known as Pioglitazone) is an antidiabetic agent and is used to treat Type 2 Diabetes. It may be used alone, with insulin, or with another type of diabetes medicine.

Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
Avoid alcohol when taking this medicine.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not stop taking Actos without discussing it with your doctor first.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do NOT double doses.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: chest pain; decreased urine output; dilated neck veins; extreme fatigue; irregular breathing; irregular heartbeat; problems with teeth; shortness of breath; swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs; tightness in chest; troubled breathing; weight gain; or wheezing.

Also let your doctor know if you have continuing blurred vision; cough; dry mouth; fatigue; flushed, dry skin; fruit like breath odor; headache; increased hunger; increased thirst; increased urination; loss of consciousness; muscle soreness; nausea; runny or stuffy nose; sore throat; stomachache; sweating; troubled breathing; unexplained weight loss; or vomiting.

ACTOS (pioglitazone hydrochloride) is an oral antidiabetic agent that acts primarily by decreasing insulin resistance. ACTOS is used in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus [NIDDM] or adult-onset diabetes). Pharmacological studies indicate that ACTOS improves sensitivity to insulin in muscle and adipose tissue and inhibits hepatic gluconeogenesis. ACTOS improves glycemic control while reducing circulating insulin levels.

Pioglitazone[(±)-5-[[4-[2-(5-ethyl-2-pyridinyl)ethoxy]phenyl]methyl]-2,4-] thiazolidine-dione monohydrochloride belongs to a different chemical class and has a different pharmacological action than the sulfonylureas, metformin, or the a-glucosidase inhibitors. The molecule contains one asymmetric carbon, and the compound is synthesized and used as the racemic mixture. The two enantiomers of pioglitazone interconvert in vivo. No differences were found in the pharmacologic activity between the two enantiomers.

The structural formula is as shown:

Actos chemical 
structure
Generic name: Pioglitazone

Brand name(s):

Similar drugs: Glyburide :: Metformin :: Hydrochlorothiazide

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