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Hi all! I was switched from metformin to pioglitazone. I haven’t started taking it yet because… I am scared. 😑😑 metformin made me so sick I couldn’t keep anything down but I’ve been reading about this new medicine and it’s side effects have me terrified. Is anyone else taking this?
 

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Hi, Silkissez. Welcome to the site!

I can't help with your question about pioglitazone; maybe others here can post if they have experience. A search of the site turned up only one other post, from back in 2009, so....

Pioglitazone is not a medication I see much about in diabetes news. Did your care provider give you a reason why they chose that medication specifically over the many others available? Metformin often does present some digestive issues when people first start taking it. I'm assuming they also tried the "extended release" version of Metformin for you and that didn't work well, either? Some medications just don't work for some people.

Many of us here on the site, though, are managing our blood glucose levels with exercise and the foods we eat. Some of us still need some medication, but the amount usually is reduced and, so, usually side effects are, too. Can you tell us more about your diagnosis and your latest A1c? Changing what you eat may reduce or eliminate the need for medication.
 

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Hi Silkissez, welcome to the forum.

A site highly recommend for new members to check out is Bloodsugar101. There is a lot of info there about diabetes, its management, and includes a section about diabetes medications. This link is to the one you are inquiring about. One brand name of this med is Actos. You can probably learn more with a WWW search of Actos lawsuits. It does pay to research any and all meds and their potential side effects. Kudos to you for starting to do so.

I have not taken this medication, so can offer no first hand information about it, but would be terrified of it too.
 

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Hi all! I was switched from metformin to pioglitazone. I haven’t started taking it yet because… I am scared. 😑😑 metformin made me so sick I couldn’t keep anything down but I’ve been reading about this new medicine and it’s side effects have me terrified. Is anyone else taking this?
 
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