What is Pioglitazone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Actos Glyciphase

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See also: Glimepiride-pioglitazone

Pioglitazone is an oral diabetes medicine that help control blood sugar levels. It is for people with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes and is sometimes used in combination with insulin or other medications, but it is not for treating type 1 diabetes.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 2 88 33
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 9 4
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 9
Diabetes type 1 3 0
Depressed mood 1 0

Show all 14 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 7
Mild 7
None 33

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pioglitazone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 7
Abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram) 1
Forgetfulness 1
Heartburn 1
Swelling in feet 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pioglitazone

Dosage Patients
30 mg daily 6
15 mg daily 4
45 mg daily 2

Why patients stopped taking Pioglitazone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 11
Did not seem to work 9
Personal research 7
Course of treatment ended 5
Other 5
Expense 2
See all 33 patients who've stopped taking Pioglitazone

Duration

Currently taking Pioglitazone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Pioglitazone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 40
Usually 6
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 39
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 5
< $25 26
Not specified 16

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pioglitazone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Metformin ER) 7
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 1
Glimepiride-pioglitazone 1
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 1
Liraglutide (Victoza) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pioglitazone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Metformin ER) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Pioglitazone

Apr 12, 2017 (Started Mar 16, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My A1C went up, not down.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 29, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

May 15, 2015 (Started Dec 07, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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