Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist
Question : First of all, my husband has type 2 diabetes and we were wondering if Actos has become generic here in the USA yet.
Because we are paying so much for the brand name that he has had to go on insulin which was cheaper, and now has gone UP double from last month. And we were wondering who to ask if Actos has gone generic yet.
Thanks for your help.
Answer: Hi Lesa,
Selecting the right drug to treat diabetes, especially that of type 2 is a very important step medically and financially. The medical team is constrained to look for the best alternatives for the patients.
Now, for your information, the brand name Actos stands for Pioglitazone drug. It is of hypoglycemic drug group of thiazolidinediones. As I am not keen to the drugs, I would mention that Actos has come with several side effects, including cardiac problems and bladder tumors.
Therefore, some of the countries have been constrained to withdrawn it from the market such as France where it was found a high prevalence of bladder cancer associated with Actos use.
In addition, FDA has been continuing to educate the patients with the side effects of Actos, especially those related to cardiac events and tumors.
So, as you may see, there are many side effects that should be taken into account while using or prescribing Actos.
However, you can discuss with your doctor regarding the possibility to change therapy or drug regimen as insulin can increase its BMI.
At last, I would like to recommend some simple steps to help your husband lower his blood sugar level: