With Actos being linked to serious side effects like bladder cancer and heart failure, many individuals with type 2 diabetes are left wondering what they should be taking to treat their condition. Actos has been quite effective at controlling blood sugar in type 2 diabetics, so going a different route may seem frightening. Many wonder how they can manage their diabetes without taking Actos.
First and foremost, you should not make any changes to your treatment before speaking with your physician. You can ask your doctor about trying a different prescription, but it is also a good idea to do some homework on your own to learn about alternatives that sound appealing to you. Bring your list of alternatives and questions to your doctor and this will help you get on track with a treatment plan you can both feel good about.
Other oral diabetes medications that may be an option for you include:
- Sulfonylureas – These medications force the pancreas to make more insulin. Brand names include Diabinese, Amaryl, and Glucotrol.
- Meglitinides – These medications do the same thing as sulfonylureas, but they are short acting and less likely to cause low blood sugar. Brand names include Prandin and Starlix.
- Biguanides – These medications help the body use its own natural insulin better. Brand names include Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza, and Riomet.
- Alpha Glucosidase Inhibitors – These medications help decrease blood sugar levels after eating. Brand names include Precose and Glyset.
There are other oral medication options, as well as insulin injections, but it is extremely important to meet with your doctor and develop a treatment plan that fits your specific medical needs.
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