September 30, 2014
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Sandoz Pioglitazone

(pioglitazone)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02297906 SANDOZ PIOGLITAZONE 15MG TABLET
02297914 SANDOZ PIOGLITAZONE 30MG TABLET
02297922 SANDOZ PIOGLITAZONE 45MG TABLET

How does Sandoz Pioglitazone work? What will it do for me?

Pioglitazone is a member of the family of medications known as thiazolidinediones. It is used to lower high blood sugar associated with type 2 diabetes. Thiazolidinediones such as pioglitazone help insulin to work more effectively. By keeping blood sugar at a desired level, pioglitazone can help to prevent or delay the long-term problems associated with uncontrolled high blood sugar (e.g., kidney disease, eye problems, nerve problems, heart disease). Pioglitazone may be used alone when blood sugar is not controlled only by diet and exercise or in combination with one other diabetes medication, including metformin and the sulfonylureas (e.g., glyburide, gliclazide).

Pioglitazone should start lowering your blood sugar shortly after you begin taking it. The maximum lowering of blood sugar due to pioglitazone usually occurs about 14 weeks after starting it.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Sandoz Pioglitazone?

The usual starting dose for adults is 15 mg or 30 mg taken once daily, with or without food, at the same time each day. Diet and exercise programs should be continued while taking pioglitazone. Your doctor may decide to increase the dose of pioglitazone to 45 mg daily if lower doses do not sufficiently reduce your blood sugar levels. The use and dose of pioglitazone for children must be determined by their doctor.

Pioglitazone may be taken with or without food, and should be taken daily and at regular intervals as prescribed by the doctor so that blood levels of the medication always remain in an effective range.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without talking to your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible so that levels will be kept as constant as possible in the blood. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Sandoz Pioglitazone come in?

The usual starting dose for adults is 15 mg or 30 mg taken once daily, with or without food, at the same time each day. Diet and exercise programs should be continued while taking pioglitazone. Your doctor may decide to increase the dose of pioglitazone to 45 mg daily if lower doses do not sufficiently reduce your blood sugar levels. The use and dose of pioglitazone for children must be determined by their doctor.

Pioglitazone may be taken with or without food, and should be taken daily and at regular intervals as prescribed by the doctor so that blood levels of the medication always remain in an effective range.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without talking to your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible so that levels will be kept as constant as possible in the blood. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Who should NOT take Sandoz Pioglitazone?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to pioglitazone or any ingredients of this medication
  • are pregnant
  • have been diagnosed with any stage of heart failure
  • have blood or a red colour in your urine
  • have low blood sugar
  • have or have had bladder cancer
  • have symptoms of liver problems:
    • abdominal or stomach pain
    • abnormal liver tests as determined by your doctor
    • dark urine
    • loss of appetite
    • nausea or vomiting
    • unusual tiredness or weakness
    • yellow eyes or skin

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