Pioglitazone

Brand Names: Actos

Pioglitazone is an oral drug that reduces the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It often is referred to as an "insulin sensitizer" because it attaches to the insulin receptors on cells throughout the body and causes the cells to become more responsive to insulin. As a result, more glucose is removed from the blood, and the level of glucose in the blood falls. Like most oral diabetes medication, your pancreas must produce at least some insulin in order for the drug to work. Pioglitazone also lowers the level of glucose in the blood by reducing the production and secretion of glucose into the blood by the liver. Additionally, Pioglitazone may change the concentration of fats in the blood by decreasing triglycerides and increasing the "good" (HDL) cholesterol.

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Community Rating: 3.4

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Pioglitazone Reviews

Going blind
 

Pros: None

Cons: I was rapidly losing my vision.

Overall: Within less than a week of being prescribed Actose, my vision rapidly declined. I could not focus on faces three feet away and I was taking a major risk driving because a car ten feet in front of me was a big blur and my depth perception was gone. I spoke to my pharmacist and called my doctor to request a different medication. It has taken several weeks for my vision to recover but I am glad to say that it has.

By Anonymous
Pioglitazone review.
 

Pros: Beneficial in assisting insulin at lower levels.

Cons: None!

Overall: Great for me!

By Trouble Breathing 49
Pioglitazone review.
 

Pros: Beneficial in assisting insulin at lower levels.

Cons: None!

Overall: Great for me!

By Trouble Breathing 49