Actoplus is a medication that when used properly can help to control blood sugar levels in people who struggle with type 2 diabetes. The medication isn’t designed to help people who have type 1 diabetes though. There are additional uses for this drug not mentioned here, but a doctor will decide at their discretion.
If you decide to use a medication such as Actoplus, then what type of side effects do you put yourself at risk of as a result?
Can cause a condition known as lactic acidosis (which is a build-up of lactic acid inside the body which can prove fatal).
Severe allergic reactions-Look for symptoms like hives, a hard time breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue as well as the throat.
Stomach pain, blood in your urine, painful urination
Feeling short of breath, especially when lying down
Swelling or rapid weight gain
Pale skin, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating
Sudden unusual pain in your hand, arm, or foot
Nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
What are some of the less serious potential side effects you might experience when using Actoplus?
Diarrhea, upset stomach
Sneezing, runny nose, cough or other signs of a cold
How do you know if a medication such as Actoplus is right for you?
The best way would be to ask yourself a series of questions that can help offer some reassurance. Here are a few of them.
How inconsistent are your blood sugar levels despite your best efforts to control it?
If you have type 2 diabetes, then you might have a more serious case then the next person. What this means is despite your best efforts to keep the condition under control, you might find your blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly throughout the day and this can cause problems. A medication such as Actoplus can help to stabilize you.
Does your doctor feel taking medication would be the best option for you?
Understand that your doctor is going to have a complete history on you and other conditions you’ve had. As a result they’ll have a good idea of what will work for you and what might not work so well for you. If you have type 2 diabetes and they decide to give you Actoplus, then it’s because they feel it’s the best way or at least one of the best ways to help you deal with the condition.
Have you had success with similar medications in the past?
If you’ve had success with blood sugar lowering medications in the past, then first it needs to be understood which ones they were. Second, a doctor needs to decide whether or not it would be best to prescribe you those medications again or to give you something they feel would be similar such as Actoplus. In some cases this particular medication might not be right for you and another one will.