Actoplus Met XR Alternatives
Although most people are able to keep their blood sugar under control with Actoplus Met XR, for some, side effects become intolerable or the medicine does not work as well as desired. In these cases one of several alternatives to Actoplus Met XR will be recommended. These include other oral diabetes medicines from a different drug class, insulin or another injectable drug, or even lifestyle changes.
Are There Alternatives to Actoplus Met XR?Actoplus Met® XR (pioglitazone and metformin XR) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Most of the time, this drug works well without causing serious side effects. However, as with all medicines, serious or intolerable side effects can occur, or the medicine may not adequately control blood sugar in some individuals.
Fortunately, several Actoplus Met XR alternatives are available for type 2 diabetes. Some of these alternatives include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Other oral diabetes medications (see Diabetes Medication)
- Insulin and other injectable diabetes medications.
Lifestyle Changes as Actoplus Met XR AlternativesMany lifestyle changes have been shown to be quite effective in controlling type 2 diabetes (especially early type 2 diabetes). These lifestyle changes include:
- Weight loss
- Becoming more physically active (see Diabetes and Exercise)
- Changes in diet (see Diabetic Diet).
In fact, these changes are important for all people with type 2 diabetes, including those taking diabetes medications.
For some people, however, lifestyle changes alone may not be enough to adequately control type 2 diabetes. In this case, medications (including oral and injectable drugs) may be necessary.