Actos is a prescription medication that is taken once a day for type 2 diabetes. It is used as part of a healthy diet and exercise routine to help the body to control the blood sugar levels. Actos also helps to make the cells in the body more sensitive to insulin, which is the hormone manufactured by the pancreas that lets body cells use blood sugar for energy. The generic name for Actos is pioglitazone.
The main problems with type 2 diabetes are the insulin resistance in muscle and fat, the reduced insulin production by the pancreas and the increased sugar production by the liver.
When the cells of the body are more sensitive to insulin, the blood sugar can pass easily into the cells where the body needs it. This means that the blood sugar passes into the cells instead of staying in the blood and building up to dangerous levels and the blood sugar levels drop.
Certain other diabetes medications, such as sulfonylureas, metformin or insulin, can be used in conjunction with Actos when the patient cannot control their blood sugar levels with diet and exercise.
Benefits of Actos
Actos lowers blood sugar, along with a diet and exercise regime, by helping the body to use insulin more effectively. It is a once a day pill which can be taken at any time and can be taken with or without food. Actos may improve cholesterol in type 2 diabetes patients but it should not be used instead of a cholesterol medicine. Actos has not been known to cause stomach upsets when it is used on its own.
Actos often begins working as soon as you start taking it but it may take a few weeks before the full changes are seen.
Most people do not experience side effects with Actos and when they do these are generally minor and can easily be treated. The most common side effects associated with Actos are upper respiratory infections, headaches, sinus infections, muscle pains, tooth problems, sore throat, swelling or weight gain due to water retention.
Who You Should Take Actos
Actos is a good medication for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes if their blood sugar levels before a meal are consistently above 130 mg/dL and if they are having problems managing their diabetes with a good diet and exercise regime or their current medication isn't helping them to manage their diabetes. It is probably better for people who only want to take their medication once a day and if they want their diabetes medication to help with their cholesterol levels as well.
With type 2 diabetes, there is no cure and the patient will be taking medication for the rest of their lives to control their blood sugar levels. The cheapest way to buy Actos is to order it directly from an online Canadian pharmacy, such as CanadaDrugCenter.com. Online Canadian pharmacies can offer great discounts on prescription drugs like Actos. It will be possible to buy generic Actos from about 2012.
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