Actos (pioglitazone) is a type 2 diabetes oral medication in the TZD class of drugs. It helps insulin work better in muscle and fat cells and lowers glucose production in the liver. Because type 2 diabetes medications act in different ways to lower blood glucose levels, providers will often prescribe multiple drugs to a patient. For example, a doctor might prescribe both a biguanide and a sulfonylurea. Several of the more popular combinations of oral drugs can be prescribed together in a single pill. Each medication has its own side effects. Read labels carefully to be sure you know what they are.
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