The dose of pioglitazone your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Pioglitazone Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with pioglitazone. However, not everyone who takes the medicine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
- Upper respiratory infections (similar to the common cold)
- Sinus infection or sinus irritation
- Muscle pain
- Swelling or water weight gain (edema) (see Actos and Weight Gain).
(Click Pioglitazone Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
Pioglitazone can potentially interact with a number of medicines (see Drug Interactions With Pioglitazone for more information).