Actos, with the generic name Pioglitazone, is an oral medication that helps restore the body's insulin response. By targeting insulin, this drug could help treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms caused by androgens, so some doctors prescribe Actos as a fertility drug.
Doctors usually prescribe Pioglitazone (Actos) to treat type 2 diabetes. However, some fertility doctors also prescribe this medication to treat symptoms of PCOS, including infertility, helping these women conceive a child.
When someone has become insulin resistant, this medicine helps restore the body's response to insulin. This in turn helps lower blood sugar levels. Doctors believe that when a woman with PCOS is insulin-resistant, this increases her body's level of male hormones, called androgens. These androgens interfere with processes in the body controlled by female hormones, such as menstruation and ovulation, causing infertility. By treating the insulin resistance with drugs such as Actos, doctors hope to reduce the male hormones, restoring ovulation. Once a woman is able to ovulate regularly, she has more chance of releasing an egg which will be fertilized.
Your fertility doctor will tell you how and when to take it. They will likely tell you to take these tablets orally once a day, at the same time each day, either with or without food. Your doctor may adjust your dose depending on your body's response to the drug.
You should seek medical attention if these side effects persist or worsen. You should seek medical attention immediately if you have serious side effects such as
Rarely, this drug could cause liver disease, so seek medical attention if you experience liver disease symptoms like
A serious allergic reaction to the drug is rare, but seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction like
Actos does not usually cause hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, but there is more of a chance of this occurring if you are also taking other diabetic drugs, are consuming alcohol, are exercising heavily, or are not eating enough regularly. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include
If you experience symptoms of low blood sugar, you should eat or drink something with a high sugar content, such as fruit juice or candy. Let your doctor know if you have symptoms of hyperglycemia, high blood sugar, such as rapid breathing, confusion, drowsiness, flushing, fruity-smelling breath, thirst, and increased urination, because they may need to adjust your dose of this medication.
These may not be all the possible side effects
When taking Actos, you should check your blood sugar levels regularly to ensure they are not too low or too high, especially when under stress or when off your regular routine. If you miss your dose, take it as soon as possible, but not if it is close to your next dose: do not take a double dose of this med. Keep tablets out of the reach of children and store this drug at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture.
Your doctor may prescribe Actos for ovulation along with hormonal drugs to stimulate the growth of follicles which will produce an egg. You may also use these tablets along with a fertility monitor or ovulation tests to determine the best time to conceive.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition in which high levels of male hormones in a woman's body cause irregular or no menstruation and enlarged ovaries that contain cysts, among other symptoms such as excess hair and hair loss. When PCOS affects the reproductive system, it can cause infertility. As much as ten percent of women may have PCOS, and it is one of the most common causes of infertility in women. Because PCOS is associated with insulin resistance and high insulin levels in the blood, doctors believe this is what triggers the overproduction of male hormones, androgens. By treating the insulin problems with drugs, doctors hope to reduce PCOS symptoms and restore fertility.
If you have polycystic ovary syndrome, having a child may seem financially out of reach with the high cost of fertility drugs and fertility treatments. We aim to help women like you order affordable Actos for fertility, with free shipping options. To purchase this medication, your first step is to talk to your fertility doctor to see if this is the best fertility treatment for you. Once you have your prescription, bring it back to us to either submit your medical information online or phone our customer service hotline. One of our partner pharmacies will ship your prescription Actos right to you so you can start your PCOS treatments and increase your chance of conceiving a child.