Pioglitazone is the generic name for an oral medication that helps to control blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes. It is not used for type 1 diabetes as it is not an insulin replacement. It may also be used for other purposes as advised by your physician.
Alcohol should be consumed in moderate amounts but should be avoided as it may cause your blood sugar to get too low.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Do not take Actos if you are allergic to pioglitazone, have a history of heart disease , are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis which can be caused by high protein diets, fluid retention or liver disease.
Actos should not be used by women who are nursing a baby.
Less serious side effects are sneezing, runny nose, cough or signs of a cold, headache, gradual weight gain, muscle pain or tooth problems. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are short of breath with mild exertion, swelling or rapid weight gain, chest pain, general ill feeling, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, blurred vision, increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding and weakness. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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