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Pioglitazone - Overview
Pioglitazone, marketed under the name Actos, is a medication used in the management of certain cases of diabetes. People in need of a pioglitazone medication prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe pioglitazone HCl tablets when appropriate and indicated to do so.
Pioglitazone - Uses and Mechanism of Action
Pioglitazone is an oral medication that is used to help decrease insulin resistance in some people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Pioglitazone's mechanism of action depends on the presence of insulin and is believed to include reducing insulin levels in circulation, improving insulin sensitivity in fat and muscle tissue, and blocking the release of glucose by the liver. Pioglitazone belongs to a class of medications known as thiazolidinediones and is a selective agonist for peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARg). Pioglitzone does not cause insulin secretion like the medications glimepiride (Amaryl), glipizide (Glucotrol) and glyburide do.
Pioglitazone - Dose and Cost
Pioglitazone is available as pioglitazone 15 mg tablets, pioglitazone 30 mg tablets, and pioglitazone 55 mg tablets. Pioglitazone itself is a white crystalline powder that has no odor and does not dissolve well in water. After once daily dosing, pioglitazone concentrations in the serum stay high for 24 hours with a steady state reached in approximately one week. Peak pioglitazone concentrations in the serum are generally observed within 120 minutes. The half-life of total pioglitazone is usually less than one day and it is presumed that the majority of the medication is excreted in the feces. Pioglitazone is relatively affordable, costing under 40 cents per pioglitazone 30 mg tablet at many pharmacies. Some people may be able to find pioglitazone coupons online and insurance plans may also help cover some or all of the costs associated with a pioglitazone hydrochloride tablet prescription.
Can I Buy Pioglitazone Online?
Pioglitazone is a prescription medication as there are side effects that can result from use of the medication. Consequently, one cannot simply buy pioglitazone online or get generic pioglitazone OTC (over-the-counter) in the United States. For a pharmacy to dispense pioglitazone, it must first have a prescription from a medical provider. Through Push Health, people who need a pioglitazone HCl prescription can connect with a medical provider who can prescribe pioglitazone medication when appropriate to do so.
Pioglitazone - Side Effects
Pioglitazone prescription medication can cause side effects when used. Side effects that can result from pioglitazone use include headache, upper respiratory infection, muscle aches, sinus pain and worsening of one's underlying diabetes. Hypoglycemia is a risk from taking pioglitazone. Pioglitazone can also increase the risk of getting bladder cancer, heart failure and eye problems and should be used under the close supervision of a medical provider given these risks. People who have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to pioglitazone or ingredients in the formulation should not use the medication. Pioglitazone and alcohol should not be used together. Before using pioglitazone HCl, it is important to discuss concerns and potential side effects that may occur while using pioglitazone with a licensed pharmacist and medical provider.
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Last updated May 30, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.