My Meds

By NJEAGLE Latest Reply 2008-12-08 15:14:07 -0600
Started 2008-12-07 23:48:38 -0600

Actoplus Met15/850MG twice a day___Glipizide 6MG 1/2tab a day——Can anyone help me with these meds good or bad please le me know!

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Anonymous 2008-12-08 15:14:07 -0600 Report

If I have a question about a med I see if there is a review on here about it. And then I will go to Dlife or Web MD to see what they say about it.And then if I still have concerns ask your doctor or pharmacist.

marla3300 2008-12-08 00:50:24 -0600 Report

You should really speak to your Doctor about these medications and why you have been prescribed them. We are not doctors, but have experienced taking various medications. Everyone is different and one medication will work well for one person, while it might not for another.
I was prescribed both of these earlier and they worked for a while. One was an earlier form of Actoplus, called Actos and the other was Glipizide. However my life style, over eating, poor weight management, lack of exercise and stress did not help and these medications could only do so much for me.
Actoplus Met is a combination of two oral diabetes medicines that help control blood sugar levels.
Actoplus Met is for people with type 2 diabetes who do not use daily insulin injections. This medication is not for treating those with type 1 diabetes. Actoplus Met may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Because you are a type 2 diabetic, your body’s cells do not respond to a hormone (insulin) which allows you to turn blood sugar into energy. The way the body reacts to this is to pass the sugar out in your urine. Actoplus helps your body to use insulin more effectively by making your cells more sensitive to insulin. This drug is often referred to as an insulin sensitizer. It also may have a positive effect on your HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, aka good cholesterol and blood fats. It shouldn’t change your LDL cholesterol or increase the total cholesterol. This is perhaps why your doctor chose to prescribe this medication if you have high cholesterol or too much of the bad LDL in your blood.

Glipizide is in a class of drugs called sulfonylureas. It is used to help control blood sugar levels. Sulfonylureas cause insulin release from the beta cells to lower the blood sugar. This type of drug can often cause the blood sugar level to go below normal, so monitor your levels carefully. Learn to recognize when your body is having a low sugar problem, because it can be deadly if it drops too low.
So I hope I have helped you know the differences between the two drugs. The Actoplus helps to turn your blood sugar into energy and the Glipizide helps to produce more insulin.
Now as to side effects, like I said before, everyone is different, but you can get information from both your doctor and your pharmacist about both of these drugs.
The best medication for type II diabetics is to control your carbohydrate intake, exercise, lose weight and make it a habit to take your blood sugar levels.