Actos vs. Jardiance

Are Actos and Jardiance the Same Thing?

Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) and Jardiance (empagliflozin) are used to treat type 2 diabetes.

Jardiance is also indicated to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease.

Actos and Jardiance are different types of diabetes drugs. Actos is a thiazolidinedione and Jardiance is a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Actos?

Common side effects of Actos include:

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Actos including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Jardiance?

Common side effects of Jardiance include:


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What Is Actos?

Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) is a thiazolidinedione and increases the body's sensitivity to insulin. Actos is used for type 2 diabetes, not type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. Generic Actos is not available in the U.S., but is available in other countries as pioglitazone.

What Is Jardiance?

Jardiance (empagliflozin) is an inhibitor of the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) used as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Jardiance is also indicated to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease.

What Drugs Interact With Actos?

Actos and other similar drugs may exacerbate symptoms of congestive heart failure (dyspnea, edema, weight gain) and these symptoms may be serious. Patients with congestive heart failure classified as III or IV (NY Heart Association) should not take this Actos. Other serious side effects of Actos include nausea, vomiting, jaundice, and vision changes or loss; it may also cause hypoglycemia.

What Drugs Interact With Jardiance?

Jardiance may interact with diuretics, insulin or insulin secretagogues. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Jardiance should be taken only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.


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How Should Actos Be Taken?

Actos is available as tablets in strengths of 15, 30 or 45 mg. Dose is dependent on patient response and the prescribing doctor's clinical judgment; glucose tests may help determine doses.

How Should Jardiance Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Jardiance is 10 mg once daily in the morning, taken with or without food.


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