Pioglitazone Overview, Dosage, How to Take, Side Effects and Precautions

What is Pioglitazone? Pioglitazone is an oral drug that reduces the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is in a class of anti-diabetic drugs called thiazolidinediones that are used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The other member in this class is rosiglitazone (Avandia).

Pioglitazone Dosage:

  • Pioglitazone is prescribed once daily in doses ranging from 15 to 45 mg
  • The recommended starting dose for patients without heart failure is 15 or 30 mg and for those with heart failure it is 15 mg daily. The dose may be increased in 15 mg intervals to a maximum dose of 45 mg daily if needed
  • Pioglitazone may be taken any time of the day, with or without meals
  • If a dose is missed on one day, two doses should not be taken the next day to make up for the missed dose