Pioglitazone is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels.

Pioglitazone is for people with type 2 diabetes. Pioglitazone is not for treating type 1 diabetes.

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  • Actos
  • More common
    Chest pain
    decreased urine output
    dilated neck veins
    extreme fatigue
    irregular breathing
    irregular heartbeat
    problems with teeth
    shortness of breath
    swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
    tightness in the chest
    trouble with breathing
    weight gain
    wheezing
    Less common
    Pain or swelling in the arms or legs without an injury
    pale skin
    swelling
    trouble with breathing when active
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Incidence not known
    Dark urine
    loss of appetite
    nausea or vomiting
    stomach pain
    unexplained, rapid weight gain
    yellow eyes or skin
    Some pioglitazone side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Blurred vision or other changes in vision
    cough
    dry mouth
    flushed, dry skin
    fruit-like breath odor
    headache
    increased hunger
    increased thirst
    increased urination
    loss of consciousness
    muscle pain or soreness
    problems with your teeth
    runny or stuffy nose
    sore throat
    stomachache
    sweating
    unexplained weight loss
  • (oral tablet)