What is Actos?
Diabetic patients with Type 2 diabetes are not producing enough insulin, reducing the ability of the cells to remove sugar from the blood. As a result, their sugar levels rise too high. Pioglitazone, marketed under the brand name Actos, increases the ability of the liver, fat, and muscles cells to respond to insulin, thus lowering the glucose levels. The medication can also reduce the amount of glucose produced by the liver. Actos, in conjunction with proper diet and exercise, has shown to help Type 2 diabetics control their blood sugar levels by helping an individual’s body respond properly to insulin, thus decreasing blood sugar levels. Actos is frequently used in combination with other anti-diabetic medications including metformin or glyburide.