Diavista (Pioglitazone Hydrochloride) is prescribed in combination with a special dietary plan and exercise regime (and in some case other medications) as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. The active ingredient in this drug is a type of thiazolidinedione, and it works by helping to increase the body's response to insulin. This in turn helps to control the level of sugar in the blood. Controlling and treating diabetes helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke, and can also help to prevent other serious medical complications related to diabetes.
Dosage and Administration
Diavista (Pioglitazone Hydrochloride) comes in the form of tablets, which must be swallowed whole. Your doctor may direct you to take it once per day, either with or without meals. However, it is likely that you will be told to take it at the same time every day. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to take a low dosage to begin with, which your doctor may gradually increase, depending on your response to treatment.
Before you begin taking Diavista (Pioglitazone Hydrochloride) you should note that it can sometimes cause side effects, such as:
- A slow increase in weight
- Dental problems
- Cold symptoms
- Muscular pain
While undergoing treatment for diabetes with this medication, it is important to be aware of the risk of side effects. Consult your doctor if any of the aforementioned side effects persist or become worse. There is also a slight risk of more severe side effects occurring. You must seek immediate medical attention if you notice loss of vision, pain when urination, feeling more thirsty or hungry than normal, a rapid increase in weight, unusual bruising or any other side effects which are not mentioned here.
All patients who are taking this drug should be aware that in rare cases, it may worsen (or possibly cause) congestive heart failure. You should ask your doctor about the risks of treatment with this drug before you begin taking it.
Female patients are advised to avoid breast feeding if taking this drug.
Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms to watch for, which may be indicative of a reaction, include skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face or limbs, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
Always use Diavista (Pioglitazone Hydrochloride) as you have been prescribed by your doctor. Never self-medicate or change your dosage without first consulting your doctor. The correct dosage can vary depending on your health, medical history, and the severity of the condition being treated.
This medication may not be safe for all patients. Before you begin using it always disclose the following to your doctor:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you suffer from any allergies.
- If you suffer from any other health conditions or illnesses.
- If you are using any other medicine (including all non-prescription).
- If you are using any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products of any kind.