Actoplus Met (Pioglitazone/Metformin) is a medicine intended to control blood sugar level for people with type 2 diabetes who do not use daily insulin injections. Actually it is a combination of two medicines. Actoplus Met is a combination of an insulin resistance reducer and a biguanide.
Take ActoPlus Met as your doctor prescribed to you. It is taken regularly with meals. Usually, ActoPlus Met intake is a part of program, together with diet and exercise. Sometimes your doctor can ask you to take ActoPlus Med in bigger or smaller amount for some test period of time to make sure it helps you.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible. But if it is almost time to take next dose, skip the missed one, do not double your dose, this can lead to overdosage.
It is not recommended to take Actoplus Met if you suffer from:
- Kidney disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart disease
- Once had heart attack or stroke
- Liver disease
- Eye problems caused by diabetes
Store ActoPlus Med at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.
Actoplus Met Safety information
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to it or to any of its components. Do not start or stop taking ActoPlus Med without checking your doctor. Do not overdose. Do not take smaller dose, then prescribed.
This medicine has FDA pregnancy category C. This means that this medication may be harmful to an unborn baby, if you are pregnant. That is why tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether Actoplus Met passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not take Actoplus Met if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you have no ovulations, this medicine may resume them, so it can increase probability of becoming pregnant. Be careful and talk to your doctor about pregnancy avoiding. This medication may be harmful during pregnancy.
If you are older than 60, you may have a higher risk of developing lactic acidosis.
Tell your dentist or surgery that you take this medication if you need some emergency care or dental treatment.
Actoplus Met Side effects
You may experience diarrhea, headache, nausea, or stomach upset. But generally this is unlikely.
If you felt something of the following, immediately call your doctor or call emergency:
- drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, tremors;
- hunger, headache, confusion, irritability;
- sweating, fast heartbeat;
- fainting, coma (severe hypoglycemia can be fatal);
- seizure (convulsions).
These are the symptoms of hypoglycemia – low blood sugar. Always keep the source of sweet available, in case if you feel some of these symptoms. The sources of sugar are: orange juice, glucose gel, candy, or milk.
Allergic reactions happen very rarely, but if you fell one of the symptoms of allergy, such as rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing, contact your doctor.