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Antidiabetic Agent (Thiazolidinedione)|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to pioglitazone or any other part of the
- If you have active liver disease or yellowing (jaundice) during
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine lowers blood sugar in type 2 diabetics. It can be used
alone or in combination with other diabetic
|How does it work?|
- Pioglitazone increases insulin activity in the
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Take at a similar time
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Do not use if you have liver disease. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Birth control pills may not work. Use another form of birth control
while taking this medicine.
- Do not use if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Weight gain. Could be on the average of 1-6 pounds.
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
- May cause ovulation in women who have not being ovulating. If this
occurs then there is a risk of pregnancy if sexually
|What should I monitor?|
- Check blood sugar as directed by healthcare provider. Low blood sugar
causes irritable, shaking, rapid heartbeats, confusion, and sweating. High blood
sugar causes frequent urination, thirst, and weight loss.
- Periodic blood work required. Liver function tests are needed before
therapy and then every 2 months for the first year. Talk with healthcare
- Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare
- Have an eye exam and visit to the foot doctor every
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Low blood sugar or very high blood sugar.
- Fever or signs of infection.
- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, dark urine, yellow eyes or
skin, not hungry.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room temperature. Protect from moisture
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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