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Competact

Competact is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects the blood sugar levels in the body. The body cannot produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels, or the it cannot use insulin effectively. Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood as a result of being overweight and inactive. Diabetes is a long term and life threatening condition that needs to be controlled to avoid complications.

Medication is prescribed to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Competact contains the active ingredients pioglitazone and metformin which belong to a group of medicines known as antidiabetics.

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  • Allergy to pioglitazone or metformin
  • History of heart failure or current heart failure
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  • Drink excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Uncontrolled diabetes with hyperglycaemia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid weight loss, lactic acidosis or ketoacidosis
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Competact is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects the blood sugar levels in the body. The body cannot produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels, or the it cannot use insulin effectively. Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood as a result of being overweight and inactive. Diabetes is a long term and life threatening condition that needs to be controlled to avoid complications.

Medication is prescribed to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Competact contains the active ingredients pioglitazone and metformin which belong to a group of medicines known as antidiabetics.

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How does Competact work?

Pioglitazone and metformin are used to help the body control blood sugar levels. Metformin is an antidiabetic medicine known as a biguanide an it works by reducing the amount of sugar produced by the liver and helps the body to respond better to insulin so it is used more effectively. Metformin also helps to control blood sugar levels after eating by delaying the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.

Pioglitazone, another antidiabetic medicine, controls blood sugar levels by reducing the amount of glucose produced by the liver, and helping the body respond better to insulin by increasing the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin.

The combination of these drugs helps to effectively reduce blood sugar levels to avoid serious complications of diabetes including heart attacks and strokes.

Who is Competact suitable for?

Competact is suitable for adult type 2 diabetics, type 1 diabetes is usually treated with daily insulin injections. Competact is suitable for those who are not responsive to metformin alone even at a high dose. In these cases combination drugs may be a more suitable and effective option at controlling blood sugar levels.

Who is Competact not suitable for?

Not all type 2 diabetics will be suitable for Competact and there are a number of reasons why this medication may not be suitable. Some medical conditions or drugs may make you unsuitable to take Competact if there is a risk that this medicine could worsen your medical condition or interact with any drugs you may be taking. You should always inform your doctor of any medication you’re taking, any medical condition that you have, or if you’re pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding as this may make you unsuitable for this medication.

Competact and pregnancy

Diabetes still needs to be controlled during pregnancy, however, Competact is not a suitable treatment for pregnant or breastfeeding women as its safety has not been established. If you are currently taking Competact and fall pregnant you should speak to your GP straight away. If you’re planning to become pregnant or planning to breastfeed you should seek the advice of a doctor first before taking this medication.

There’s also a risk of becoming pregnant unexpectedly if you’re taking Competact and have polycystic ovary syndrome as this may cause you to ovulate again. If you’re taking Competact and have PCOS use contraception to avoid unplanned pregnancy.

Competact and health conditions

There is a risk of Competact affecting certain medical conditions other than diabetes. If you have any other medical condition you should check if it is safe for you to take Competact and that there isn’t a risk of it worsening your medical condition. You should not take Competact if you have heart failure, a history of heart failure, or if you have circulatory problems and have had a heart attack. If you have liver disease, bladder cancer, or severely reduced kidney function, Competact is not suitable for you.

Diabetics whose condition is uncontrolled should not take Competact, particularly if you have severe hyperglycemia (blood sugar levels become too high) or ketoacidosis (buildup of ketones in the body). You also shouldn’t take this medication if you have uncontrolled diabetes with vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, rapid weight loss, or lactic acidosis (buildup of lactate in the body).

Competact is not suitable for you if you are allergic to metformin, pioglitazone or any other ingredient in this medicine. Allergies can be life threatening so it’s this medicine at all costs if you have an allergy to it.

Competact and other medication

It’s important to tell a doctor if you are currently taking any other medication before starting Competact, or if you’re about start a new medication while taking Competact. Taking other medication alongside Competact may mean having regular tests of your blood glucose and kidney function. You should always tell your doctor about any other medication before starting Competect, particularly the following:

  • Gemfibrozil (lowers cholesterol)
  • Rifampicin (used to treat infections such as tuberculosis)
  • Cimetidine (reduces stomach acid)
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Beta-2-agonists
  • Diuretics
  • NSAIDs such as ibuprofen

How to take Competact

The dose you will be given depends on the severity of your condition and whether you have any other health conditions. The recommended dose is one tablet to be taken twice daily and you should not exceed this recommended dose. Your dose may be lower if you have kidney problems and regular blood tests will be carried out to check your kidneys are functioning normally. Taking your medication with food or just after will reduce the chances of side effects such as an upset stomach.

Are there any side effects of Competact?

Yes, all medications have side effects and Competact is no different, although not everyone will experience these side effects. Some side effects are rare and affect just 1 in 10,000 people, while the more common side effects can affect up to 1 in 10 people. If you experience any of the following side effects you should speak to your doctor about lowering the dose or switching to an alternative medication.

Common side effects

The most common side effects of Competact include stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and loss of appetite. Around 1 in 10 people will experience these side effects. Other common side effects include:

  • Localised swelling (oedema)
  • Blood in your urine
  • Numbness
  • Taste disturbance
  • Weight gain
  • Headache
  • Respiratory infection
  • Abnormal vision
  • Joint pain
  • Impotence
  • Reduction in blood count (anemia)

Uncommon/rare side effects

Rare side effects occur less frequently, affecting 1 in 100 people or 1 in 10,000 people for the rarer side effects. These side effects include:

  • Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis)
  • Gas
  • Insomnia
  • Decrease in vitamin B12 levels in the blood (1 in 10,000)
  • Redness of the skin (1 in 10,000)
  • Itchy skin (1 in 10,000)
  • Raised and itchy skin rash (hives) (1 in 10,000)

You should pay particular attention to side effects such as lactic acidosis, blurred vision, broken bones, and an allergic reaction as these are serious side effects but are rare. Lactic acidosis is a serious condition that may lead to coma and you must seek medical help immediately. Likewise if you’re showing signs of an allergic reaction stop taking the medication immediately as allergies can be life threatening.

Is Competact effective?

The active ingredients in Competact have shown to effectively reduce blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Competact is particularly effective at reducing the blood sugar of those who are not able to take metformin alone.

How to buy Competact online

If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and metformin is not effectively lowering your blood sugar levels, Competact may be the most suitable medication to treat your diabetes. You don’t need to visit your GP surgery to get this medication, Doctor-4-U makes ordering Competact online safe, convenient and fast. We have GMC registered online doctors ready to review your suitability for this medication via an online medical questionnaire that is completed by you. Once you have been deemed safe to take this medication it will be dispensed by our UK-based pharmacy and delivered to an address of your choice via a tracked courier service.

Dosage instructions
1 tablet to be taken in the morning and evening, with or without food, with a glass of water.