FDA Approves Takeda's Actos

Actos is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels.

Actos is for people with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. It is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other medications, but it is not for treating type 1 diabetes.

Pioglitazone is an anti-diabetic drug (thiazolidinedione-type, also called "glitazones") used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). It works by helping to restore your body's proper response to insulin, thereby lowering your blood sugar. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Pioglitazone is used either alone or in combination with other anti-diabetic medications (e.g., metformin, sulfonylureas, insulin)

Actos is used to control high blood sugar in type 2 diabetes. This form of the illness usually stems from the body's inability to make good use of insulin, the natural hormone that helps to transfer sugar out of the blood and into the cells, where it's converted to energy. Actos works by improving the body's response to its natural supply of insulin, rather than increasing its insulin output. Actos also reduces the production of unneeded sugar in the liver.

Actos (and the similar drug rosiglitazone maleate) can be used alone or in combination with insulin injections or other oral diabetes medications such as glipizide, glyburide,or metformin hydrochloride.

Actos is an oral antidiabetic drug that is used to improve glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes. It may be used alone or with other diabetes medicine. Actos decreases insulin resistance and reduces circulating insulin levels. Actos should be used in conjunction with diet, exercise, and weight loss, if needed.