What is Actos?

With news of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a generic Actos and Consumer Reports’ subsequent advisory warning consumers to only use the generic or brand name medication as a last resort, more people are asking ‘What is Actos’ and ‘is it safe’. Actos injury lawyers of Watts Guerra LLP provide information to help answer those questions.

Actos the brand name for a prescription drug manufactured by Takeda and used in type 2 diabetics to improve blood sugar (glucose) control. Generically, Actos is known as pioglitazone, which belongs to a class of medications known as thiazolidinediones or glitazones. These medications increase the insulin sensitivity within the body to allow the insulin to control blood sugar levels, while not causing the pancreas to produce more insulin. Medications like Actos are designed to help control type 2 diabetes.

Actos is sold in several variations, including Duetact, Actoplus Met, and Actoplus Met XR. Actos is a pill available in fifteen, thirty, or forty-five milligram versions that is taken daily to regulate blood sugar. These medications are only used in diabetics once other medications have failed to lower blood sugar levels into a safe range.

Glitazones were introduced in the late 1990s to aid in the treatment of diabetes mellitus type 2. Actos is the third in a series of medications which began with Rezulin and Avandia. Significant dangers and later mass tort lawsuits came about relative to those medications, as well as now with Actos.

The only approved use of the thiazolidinediones is in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, although it is being investigated for other uses.

Serious Actos side effects have been reported by the FDA, including heart attacks, cardiac heart failure, liver failure, and bladder cancer.

If you or a loved one feel that your use of Actos caused or contributed to the development of bladder cancer, or other side effects, please complete the form on the right for a free case evaluation with one of our Actos lawyers, email us at info@themasstortslawyers.com, or call us at 1-800-386-0340.

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