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Actos is an oral diabetes medicine made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals that helps control blood sugar levels by making the cells of the body more sensitive to the action of insulin.

Actos is for people with Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Combinations of Actos were also sold under the trade names of ActoplusMet (containingPioglitazone and Metformin); Competact (containing Pioglitazone and Metformin); and Duetact (containing Pioglitazone and Glimepiride). Actos can be taken orally in 15, 30, or 45 milligram doses.

How Actos Works

Pioglitazone is in a class of medications called thiazolidinediones. Actos works by increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin, a natural substance that helps control blood sugar levels.

Actos Side Effects

Serious side effects include heart attacks and heart failure, both documented in various scientific studies and clinical trials. In addition, recent European clinical studies show a link between Actos and increased incidence of bladder cancer.

Common side effects include shortness of breath; swelling or rapid weight gain; chest pain or heavy feeling; nausea; stomach pain; loss of appetite; dark urine; clay-colored stools; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); blurred vision; increased thirst or hunger; urinating more than usual; pale skin; easy bruising or bleeding; and weakness. Less serious Actos side effects may include sneezing, runny nose, cough or other signs of a cold; headache; gradual weight gain; muscle pain; or tooth problems.

If You've Been Using Actos

If you or someone you know has been taking Actos and note any of the serious symptoms above, you should contact your physician immediately. In addition, you should contact an experienced Actos lawyer to review the facts of your case, and help determine if you have a claim. You can receive compensation for your injuries if they are directly caused by using Actos as prescribed by a doctor. Contact O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath today for a free consultation.


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