Uses of Piocon Tablet

PIOCON 30 MG TABLET is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is used along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Piocon Tablet side effects

  • Weight gain
  • Blurred vision
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Numbness
  • Bone fracture

How to use Piocon Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. PIOCON 30 MG TABLET may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Piocon Tablet works

PIOCON 30 MG TABLET is an anti-diabetic medication. It works by increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin, a natural substance that helps control blood sugar levels.

Piocon Tablet related warnings

Taking pioglitazone with alcohol may affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
PIOCON 30 MG TABLET may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
PIOCON 30 MG TABLET is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Monitor the breastfed baby’s blood sugar during treatment with PIOCON 30 MG TABLET
PIOCON 30 MG TABLET does not usually affect your ability to drive.
PIOCON 30 MG TABLET is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of PIOCON 30 MG TABLET is recommended.
Use of PIOCON 30 MG TABLET is not recommended in patients undergoing dialysis.
PIOCON 30 MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of PIOCON 30 MG TABLET may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of PIOCON 30 MG TABLET is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Piocon Tablet?

If you miss a dose of PIOCON 30 MG TABLET, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • PIOCON 30 MG TABLET helps to control blood sugar level and avoids long-term complications.
  • You should continue to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and take your other diabetes medicines along with PIOCON 30 MG TABLET.
  • Full effect may be visible after several weeks of starting PIOCON 30 MG TABLET.
  • Weight gain, headache, and swelling due to fluid build-up may occur.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience shortness of breath, heart problems, or any abnormal swelling.
  • May not be suitable for patients with a history of heart failure or bladder cancer.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Piocon with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Brand(s): Nudiglue-C
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Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Piocon

High cholesterol and lipid. Also type 2 diabetes under control. Vegetarian. Pls advise on dite
Dr. Waseem Mirza
Per day calorie intake should be between 1,500-1,800 calories with a proportion of 60:20:20 between carbohydrates, fats and proteins, respectively, take Healthy fats from raw nuts, olive oil, fish oils, flax seeds etc, fresh Fruits and vegetables,whole grains, legumes and other high-fibre diet, avoid refined carbohydrate diet,if u eat non veg u can take fish, poultry egg white, pulses whereas avoid red meat, avoid saturated fats like ghee, butter, avoid sweet foods, take small but frequent meals, supplements containing omega 3 fatty acids like Multivite fm omega capsule Quit smoking, avoid too much alcohol intake, find ways to reduce stress like meditation, yoga, etc. Moderate exercise daily like a brisk walk for 1 km. hope it helps
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January and I m taking medicine. Now it's under control. Can you suggest me a meal plan that I can go for to control my weight and diabetes. Thank you
Dr. Shikha Mishra
eat 6-7 meals per day, which consist fruits, nuts, buttermilk,egg, homecooked food. Drink 3-4 litters of water.Be active whole day for personalized diet chart write to me on shikhamishra.nutrition@gmail.com do minimum 45 min exercise everyday like yoga, cardio or weights
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Q. Is Piocon a blood thinner?

No. Piocon is an anti-diabetic medication. Blood thinners are the medicine that prevents the formation of a harmful blood clot. These include medicines like Aspirin, Heparin and Warfarin.

Q. Is Piocon a diuretic?

No. Piocon is not a diuretic. It is used in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. Diuretics are those medicine which increases urination.

Q. Can Piocon used in Hepatitis B infection?

Some studies have shown that Piocon may be helpful in preventing Hepatitis B Virus-associated Hepatocellular Cancer (Liver Cancer). However, these findings are still very preliminary and clear role has not been established.

Q. Can Piocon used in Hepatitis C infection?

Piocon has been shown to inhibit Liver Cancer (HCC) recurrence in overweight Hepatitis C Virus-infected diabetic patients. It also improved insulin resistance (a state where the body is resistant to the effects and functions of the insulin hormone) in them.

Q. Can Piocon used along with Vitamin D?

Studies indicate that Vitamin-D combined with Piocon may be more effective in improving Bone Mineral Density and Bone Metabolism than Vitamin-D or Piocon alone in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus patients with kidney dysfunction (Diabetic Nephropathy).

Q. Can Piocon be used along with sitagliptin?

Combination therapy with Sitagliptin and Piocon leads to a substantial and sustained improvement in glycemic (blood sugar) control compared to the treatment with Piocon alone. This is useful for patients who cannot tolerate Metformin or Sulfonylureas.

Q. Is there any role of Piocon in Alzheimer disease?

Recent evidence suggests that Piocon may be beneficial in Alzheimer's disease (AD), decreasing the cognitive decline early in the disease process. However, larger studies are now in progress to establish the same.

Q. Can Piocon and repaglinide combined in diabetes treatment?

For patients who previously failed oral antidiabetic therapy, the combination of Repaglinide and Piocon have acceptable safety, with greater reductions of glycemic parameters (blood sugar levels) than using either agent alone.

Q. Does Piocon cause urinary bladder tumour?

Large population studies indicate that Piocon is associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. The absence of an association of bladder cancer with the other drug of the same class, Rosiglitazone, suggests that the increased risk is drug specific and not a class effect.

Q. Can Piocon be used along with glimepiride in diabetes?

Piocon when added to Glimepiride in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus, has been found to significantly reduce plasma lipid levels and significant improvement in blood pressure control related to a reduction in the insulin resistance.

Q. Is Piocon a steroid?

No. Piocon is not a steroid. It is an anti-diabetic medication which belongs to the class of thiazolidinediones.

Q. How to use Piocon?

Piocon is an anti-diabetes drug used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Piocon acts as an insulin sensitizer and decreases the extent of insulin resistance in the body too.

Q. How safe is Piocon?

Piocon cardiovascular safety profile compares favourably with that of Rosiglitazone. Piocon has been found to be associated with bladder tumours but causality assessment has not been proved yet.

Q. How does Piocon cause oedema?

Piocon increases the permeability of fluid in tiny blood vessels called capillaries. This results in easier movement of fluids across the membrane and their consequent accumulation, resulting in oedema (puffiness). Also, Piocon causes increased sodium and water reabsorption from the kidney that contributes to the oedema.

Q. How does Piocon cause bladder cancer?

The mechanism behind the link between Piocon use and bladder cancer is still unknown. Studies have suggested that use of Piocon for more than one year results in increased risk of development of tumour of the urinary bladder.

Q. How Piocon protects against atherosclerosis?

Studies in animals have concluded that Piocon improves the elasticity of the aortic wall ( the aorta is a large blood vessel that arises from the heart and supplies oxygenated blood to the rest of the body). This may be a mechanism by which it protects against atherosclerosis, but more studies are needed to confirm this.

Q. Can Piocon be used with insulin?

The addition of Piocon reduces daily insulin dosages, but study findings have not been consistent. Improvement of lipid profiles has also been weak with this combination therapy. Long-term studies are needed before any conclusions can be reached. Combination therapy should be primarily used for patients who achieve an insufficient reduction in blood sugar with insulin alone.

Q. Can Piocon used for dementia?

Findings indicate that Piocon treatment is associated with a reduced dementia risk in Diabetes mellitus patients. Prospective studies are needed to evaluate a possible neuroprotective effect in these patients in an ageing population.

Q. Can Piocon used for infertility?

Piocon may be of use in infertile patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who are resistant to conventional ovulation induction such as by drugs like Clomiphene, Dexamethasone, or Metformin.

Q. Can Piocon used for psoriasis?

The use of Piocon for plaque psoriasis treatment is controversial. Some studies revealed no effect of Piocon 30 mg daily neither on the clinical response of moderate-to-severe psoriasis whereas others demonstrate that it could be considered as an efficacious and safe agent for the treatment of plaque psoriasis.

Q. Can Piocon used for autism?

In a research study in a small number of autistic children, daily treatment with 30 or 60 mg Piocon for 3–4 months induced apparent clinical improvement. Piocon should be considered for further testing of therapeutic potential in autistic patients but as of now, autism is not an approved indication for Piocon use.

Q. Can Piocon be used in depression?

Piocon, either alone or as add-on therapy to conventional treatments, could clinically benefit patients of major depression according to a study.

Q. Can Piocon used for weight loss?

A recent study shows that although Piocon causes a significant decrease in blood sugar, HbA1C and lipid levels, it is associated with weight gain, which would limit its utility. It has not been shown to cause weight loss.

Q. Can Piocon be used to treat fatty liver?

Piocon has also been used to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty liver), but this use is presently considered experimental.

Q. Can Piocon be used for secondary stroke prevention?

Piocon reduces recurrent stroke and major vascular events in stroke patients with insulin resistance, prediabetes, and diabetes mellitus. However, its use as a preventive therapy requires more research.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 1st Dec 2017.
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