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Side Effects of Actos

How Actos Works: A Brief Overview

Actos is a pharmaceutical product that can be used by itself or in combination with other medications to treat symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes.

But how does Actos actually work? Actos, which is part of a classification of drugs known as thiazolidinediones, works by improving insulin sensitivity, which in layman’s terms means for the body to use its insulin more effectively. This ultimately lowers blood sugar levels in the user’s body.

Inner Workings of Actos

In order to understand how this drug works you must first be able to understand how Actos works with the natural chemical processes already occurring in a patient’s body. The main chemical component in the drug Actos is called pioglitazone hydrochloride which increases the sensitivity of the liver, as well as fat and muscle cells. By increasing the sensitivity in these vital areas the body is able to preserve the functioning of the cells in the pancreas or beta cells where insulin is produced. While this sounds like an extremely beneficial drug, the risks and dangers associated with the use of this drug are much higher than the manufacturer would lead you to believe.

Actos and Diabetic Complications

While Actos markets itself by stating that it can help by decreasing the chances for developing diabetes complications, such as heart disease, diabetic nephropathy and diabetic neuropathy, risks of using this product are in fact quite dangerous and often misleading. While Actos and other thiazolidinediones have been proven to be somewhat effective, the risks they carry weren't fully known and publicized until recent years.

Side Effects of Actos

While Actos markets itself based on the idea that it can lower and control glucose levels, the list of side effects would simply astonish you. Some of the major side effects include stomach pain, blood in urine, swelling or rapid weight gain, nausea, blurred vision, pale skin, easy bruising, general weakness, headaches, weight gain, back pain, and even tooth pain.

[box type=”note”]With all of these potentially dangerous side effects, is it really worth using Actos for the treatment of type 2 diabetes? Find various treatment options for diabetes at online health care.[/box]

• Meet the Author • Dr. Lawrence Kindo


I am a Medical Professional with a passion for writing, blogging, playing, computers, and of course patient care. My writing in this medical blog will reflect my passion, and you are welcome to be a part of this venture. This medical blog is a tribute to all the great medical pioneers, and to the ultimate source of wisdom, God.


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