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Pioglitazone HCL: ACTOS
Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that takes a toll on the body and affects millions of Americans. Blood sugar control is the most important factor in diabetes management, luckily there are medications that can help manage diabetes.
In Type 2 diabetes:
Stomach converts food to glucose.
Glucose enters the bloodstream.
Pancreas produces sufficient insulin but it is resistant to effective use.
Glucose unable to enter the body effectively.
Glucose levels in bloodstream increase.
Facts about Type 2 Diabetes:
Affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, about 8.3% of the population.
79 million people in the United States are pre-diabetic.
About 1 in every 400 children has diabetes.
The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.
Heart disease death rates are 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 years.
More than 60% of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
Approved uses for ACTOS:
Helps control blood sugar levels (along with diet and exercise) in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Helps the body better use the insulin it makes.
Stops the liver from making more sugar when it doesn't need to.
Side Effects of ACTOS:
-respiratory tract infections
-increased hunger urges
-low blood sugar
-diabetic eye disease
-new or worse heart failure
-bladder cancer (ACTOS may be linked to upwards of 40% increase in developing bladder cancer after 12+ months of use)
Before you start taking ACTOS, tell your doctor if you:
Have heart failure
Have liver problems
Have a type of diabetic eye disease that causes swelling in the back of the eye
Have Type 1 diabetes or had diabetic ketoacidosis
Are a premenopausal woman
Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
Tell you doctor if you experience:
Swelling or fluid retention, especially in the ankles or legs
Shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially while laying down
Unusually fast weight gain
A side effect that bothers you or does not go away
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