Prandin is part of a group of diabetes medications called meglitinides. It works by stimulating the body to produce more insulin. It is used in people with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. This medication should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes).
Take Prandin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication by mouth 15 minutes before each meal, usually 2-4 times daily depending on the number of meals. Take this drug no earlier than 30 minutes before the meal. The maximum dose is 16 mg per day. The starting dose is 0.5 mg, taken before each meal. If your hemoglobin is higher, the starting dose is 1 mg or 2 mg, taken before each meal.
Before taking Prandin you should talk with your doctor if you have kidney problems, kidney failure, liver problems, liver failure, cirrhosis, adrenal insufficiency, adrenal fatigue, pituitary gland problems, any allergies. You may experience blurred vision and dizziness. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Limit alcohol. It can increase the risk of developing low blood sugar.
You should not take Prandin if you are allergic to it, repaglinide, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or any inactive component of the drug, or if you have type 1 diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have weight gain, diarrhea, joint pain, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, hives, temporary hair loss, blurred vision, back pain, headache, seizure, stuffy nose, dark colored urine, fever, yellowed skin, fast heart rate. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: HIV/AIDS medicine (ritonavir, indinavir, atazanavir, delavirdine), antifungal medications (voriconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole, ketoconazole), beta-blockers (propranolol, bisoprolol, metoprolol, atenolol), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (rasagiline, isocarboxazid, phenelzine), sulfa drugs, aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (celecoxib, etodolac, diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin), blood thinners (warfarin), probenecid, heart or blood pressure (metoprolol, bumetanide, triamterene), sulfonamides (sulfadoxine, sulfisoxazole, sulfadiazine). Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are very fast heartbeat, vision changes, unexplained heavy sweating, agitation, fainting, seizures.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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