Dosage of Actos varies from person to person depending on the extent of type-2 diabetes have affected in person. Always use this medicine after consulting with your doctor. The recommended dose of Actos is 15 to 30 milligrams once a day. It can be taken before or after food both.
If you forget taking Actos, then earliest you remember take it. But, if it is time almost for your next dose then skip the missed dose and continue with next one only. Most importantly, do not try to make up the missed dose by taking increased quantity. It will become overdose and may affect health severely.
Any medicine taken in large quantity can have side effects. Thus, if you think you have taken overdose of Actos go to your doctor immediately. Side effects occurs due to overdose are fainting, hunger, headache, confusion, weakness, dizziness, tremors, sweating, fast heartbeat, and seizure.
Side effects are part of every medicine. Some are linked with Actos also, but very rarely are found. It causes mild and severe both types of side effects. Mild side effects are: headache, weight gain, muscle pain, tooth problems, sneezing, running nose, cough or signs of cold, etc. If these symptoms occur after intake of Actos, then do not worry. They will disappear in sometime. Just keep taking this drug, do not stop.
Actos causes serious side effects also. Some of them are: shortness of breath even with mild exertion, rapid weight gain, swelling, cheat pain, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice, blurred vision, increased thirst or hunger, regular urination, pale skin, bleeding, weakness, etc. In the occurrence of these symptoms see your doctor immediately before they become more serious.
The above list of side effects is not a complete list. There are other types of side effects also. For more information on side effects go to your doctor. He can guide you well.
Right storage of medicine is must. There are certain conditions that need to be followed. For the storage of Actos room temperature is appropriate enough. Keep this drug at room temperature at 77 degrees f (25 degrees c). It should be stored in a tightly-closed container and away from heat, moisture, and light. Never keep this drug in bathroom. It’s not the right place for it. Children are also strictly prohibited from taking this drug. Therefore should be kept out of their reach. Keep these pointers in mind while storing Actos.
Also look at its expiry date and as it expires dump it. Dumping should also be done properly. If not aware of how to do, take help of your physician.
Every medicine is made for certain specific cure. If taken wrongly causes problems. Therefore precautions come with every drug to safeguard you against any odds. Precautions to be taken with Actos are:
As known, Actos is for the treatment for type-2 diabetes, thus if you have type-1 diabetes then do not take this medicine.
If you are suffering from health problems like heart disease, chest pain, heart attack, liver problems, etc. then before taking Actos, it’s advised to consult with your doctor.
Actos may cause low blood sugar level. Thus, beware of its signs, including hunger, headache, confusion, irritability, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, tremors, sweating, fast heartbeat, seizure, fainting, or coma. For avoiding any such ill situation always keep a source of sugar available with you.
While taking Actos, intake of alcohol should be strictly avoided. There are chances that your blood sugar levels will drop severely.
Until now it’s not known whether Actos is harmful to pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers or not. But precaution is must to be taken. Therefore, it is greatly advised to first take doctor’s advice and then proceed with taking this drug.