Pioglitazone (By mouth)
Treats type 2 diabetes.
Antidiabetic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Pioglitazone is used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus called type 2 diabetes. It may be used alone or with other medicines such as insulin, metformin, or sulfonylurea agents. Pioglitazone is used together with a proper diet and exercise to help control blood sugar levels. It does this by helping your body use insulin better.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines and foods can affect how pioglitazone works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:Insulin or other medicine to treat diabetes Gemfibrozil Rifampin
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to pioglitazone or if you have severe heart failure.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Low blood sugar Liver damage Congestive heart failure Broken bones, especially in women Bladder cancer, if taken for more than 12 months Macular edema (swelling behind the eye)
Women: This medicine can cause you to ovulate if you did not ovulate regularly before. This means you could get pregnant. Talk with your doctor about birth control if this is a concern for you.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Blurred vision, trouble seeing, vision changes
Lightheadedness, dizziness, shakiness, or increased hunger
Unusual tiredness or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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