Prandin

1 What is Prandin?

Brand: Prandin

Generic: Repaglinide

Prandin is antidiabetic used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. This drug works by stimulating insulin secretion from the pancreas into the blood stream.

This drug may be used alone or with another oral diabetes medicine called metformin. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Prandin, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. Data comparing the use of repaglinide in children with use in other age groups are still unavailable.

This drug has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.

Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding.

Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription and nonprescription drugs. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as:

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3 Proper Usage

To use Prandin properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. Proper meal plan, regular exercise, and monitoring of blood should be done.

Take this drug within 15 minutes before a meal but may be taken up to 30 minutes before a meal. Skip your dose if you skip a meal. The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients.

The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults with type 2 diabetes who have never taken drugs to lower their blood sugar or who have a glycosylated hemoglobin measurement that is less than 8% are initially given 0.5 milligrams fifteen to thirty minutes before each meal.

The dose may then be adjusted by your healthcare professional based on your fasting blood sugar level.

For patients who have taken a drug to lower their blood sugar and who have a hemoglobin A 1c measurement that is higher than 8%: At first, the dose is 1 or 2 mg fifteen to thirty minutes before each meal.

The dose may then be adjusted by your healthcare professional based on your fasting blood sugar level. Use and dose in children must be determined by your healthcare professional.

A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Prandin, there are some precautions you must take. Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug. Unwanted effects can be screened using blood tests.

Alcohol intake may cause hypoglycemia. Make the necessary precautions against hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Wear any identification material stating that you are a diabetic taking this drug.

Check with your healthcare professional before you take any other prescription or nonprescription drugs, and herbal or vitamin supplements.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Prandin. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • convulsions
  • unconsciousness
  • cough
  • fever
  • low blood sugar
  • anxiousness
  • behavior change similar to being drunk
  • blurred vision
  • cold sweats
  • confusion
  • cool pale skin
  • difficulty in thinking
  • drowsiness
  • excessive hunger
  • fast heartbeat
  • headache
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • restless sleep
  • shakiness
  • slurred speech
  • unusual tiredness or weakness pain in the chest
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • shortness of breath
  • sinus congestion with pain
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • burning, painful or difficult urination
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • problems with teeth
  • skin rash, itching or hives
  • tearing of eyes
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble in breathing
  • vomiting
  • wheezing
  • black, tarry stools
  • blood in stools
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • hoarseness
  • lower back or side pain
  • pinpoint red spots on the skin
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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