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PLoS One. 2018 Oct 31;13(10):e0206722. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0206722. eCollection 2018.

Safety and efficacy of low dose pioglitazone compared with standard dose pioglitazone in type 2 diabetes with chronic kidney disease: A randomized controlled trial.

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Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Phramongkutklao Hospital and College of Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand.



Choices of hypoglycemic agents for patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are limited. Available data among patients with CKD suggest that pioglitazone was effective and safe, with no increase in serious adverse effects. However, weight gain and fluid retention are major clinical problems for pioglitazone among patients with CKD. We conducted this study to compare the efficacy and side effects of low dose pioglitazone with standard dose pioglitazone among patients with type 2 diabetes and CKD.


A total of 75 patients with type 2 diabetes and CKD and inadequate glycemic control receiving any pharmacological antidiabetic treatment were randomly assigned to 2 groups. One group consisted of 37 patients treated with standard dose pioglitazone (15 mg/day) and another group consisted of 38 patients treated with low dose pioglitazone (7.5 mg/day). Glycosylated hemoglobinA1c (HbA1c) and metabolic profiles were monitored every 8 weeks for 24 weeks. Body composition was assessed using bio-electrical impedance analysis (BIA).


After 6 months of therapy, HbA1c levels decreased in both standard and low dose pioglitazone groups. The mean changes in HbA1c for standard and low dose pioglitazone were 1.1±1.6 and -1.4±1.5 (P = 0.543), respectively. Compared with low dose pioglitazone, standard dose pioglitazone treatment led to a greater increase in body weight, fat mass, total body water and extracellular water composition. No major adverse effects including hypoglycemia, congestive heart failure and abnormal liver function were identified.


Pioglitazone 7.5 mg once daily treatments presented similar glycemic control to standard dose pioglitazone and exhibited beneficial effects on weight gain and fluid retention among patients with type 2 diabetes and CKD.

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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