What is Actos? What are Actos side effects?
Actos is a prescription medication used with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar or glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Actos works on the common problems that lead to high blood sugar in type 2 diabetes by helping to better use the insulin your body makes and by stopping your liver from making more glucose.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company manufactures Actos. Launched in 1999, Actos has become the best-selling diabetes drug in the world with $4 billion USD in sales during the 2008 fiscal year.
Like every pharmaceutical drug, Actos is not without side effects. Some of these side effects are serious and life-threatening.
The Actos family of drugs includes Actoplus met, Actoplus met XR, and duetact. Actos may cause liver problems. Immediately contact your doctor if you experience unexplained nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, unusual tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, or yellowing of the skin or eyes as these could be symptoms of liver damage.
Women are at higher risk for broken bones while taking Actos.
Other side effects that need immediate attention are:
- swelling or fluid retention, especially in the ankles or legs
- shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially when you lie down
- rapid weight gain
- unusual tiredness
- hypoglycemia or low blood sugar
- changes in vision/swelling in the back of the eye
- ovulation leading to pregnancy for women who do not have regular periods
According to the Actos website, “there is a small chance of bladder cancer. This is still being tested. Tell your doctor right away if you see blood or a red color in your urine.”
Also the Actos family of drugs is not for everyone. These type 2 diabetic medications can cause or worsen heart failure. Heart failure means your heart does not sufficiently pump blood. Patients with symptoms of heart failure should not start taking Actos.
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