This is a medication includes two main ingredients and is given to those with type 2 diabetes. The drug is highly effective in controlling high blood sugar levels.
How it works
The main two ingredients of this medication are Metformin and Pioglitazone. The latter belongs to a class of medications commonly referred to as glitazones. Both these ingredients work by restoring your body’s natural response to insulin. Also, Metformin is useful in reducing the amount of sugar produced by the liver.
When used alongside a good exercise and diet program, this drug is useful in controlling high blood sugar levels. Keeping your high blood sugar in check helps you to prevent kidney damage, nerve problems and sexual dysfunction problems. Good control of diabetes can reduce your vulnerability towards various heart diseases too.
The dosage must only be determined by a physician according to your medical condition and response to the therapy. However, the medication is generally taken once or twice a day, by mouth. It is best to take it with food to avoid upset stomach. Unless warned otherwise by your physician, make sure to drink plenty of water during the treatment period.
The dosage can also be based on the other medications that you might be taking. Therefore, it is important to inform your physician about all the medications that you are currently consuming. This includes prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products.
If you wish to experience the best effects of this medication, make sure to take this as regularly as possible. Do not miss your doses accidently. Taking the medication at the same time every day will help you remember your doses.
If you are already taking some anti-diabetic medication, do not stop it abruptly. Speak to your physician and follow his or her instructions.
It is important to be aware of the following side effects which could affect your health during the treatment period.
These side effects will only last for a day or two. However, if they continue to persist, seek immediate medical help.
Make sure to adhere to the following precautionary tips to ensure your personal safety during the course of the treatment.
Before start the treatment, inform your physician if you are allergic to the main ingredients of the medication.
If you suffered from blood or breathing disorders, make sure to brief your doctor beforehand.
Reduce your alcohol consumption since it can increase the risk of low blood sugar levels.
Avoid stressful situations since it can be difficult to control blood sugar when your body is stressed.
Be careful when giving this medication to older adults since they are more susceptible towards certain conditions such as low blood sugar.
This drug can affect your menstrual cycle and as a result can increase your chances of getting pregnant. So, use reliable birth control measures if you wish to avoid getting pregnant during the treatment period. If you wish to become pregnant during the treatment period, then discuss the matter with your healthcare provider.
Although Metformin can be passed through breast milk in small quantities, it is not known whether Pioglitazone can be passed to an infant via breast milk.