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Repaglinide is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Repaglinide is pronounced as: rah-PAG-lih-nide
Repaglinide is oral anti diabetic medication.
Repaglinide is used to treat type 2 diabetes (Non insulin dependent diabetes)
Take repaglinide exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer duration than recommended by your doctor.
Do not stop taking this medication unless advised by your doctor.
Take the repaglinide 30 min before taking food.
Always remember to inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any OTC drugs or prescription drugs like
- Beta blockers like atenolol, propranolol
This may not be the complete list of drugs interact with repaglinide, ask your pharmacist if any other drugs interact with this medication.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following medical conditions as repaglinideshould be cautiously used.
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
Do not take repaglinide
- If you are allergic (Difficult breathing, chest congestion, swelling of face, lips) to it.
- If you are diabetic ketoacidosis.
- If you have type 1 diabetes
Pregnant woman: Repaglinide belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that repaglinide may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether repaglinide passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take repaglinide with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking repaglinide. Alcohol decreases blood sugar level and increases the risk hypoglycemia.
Repaglinide is available in the form of tablet.
Use repaglinide as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses of repaglinide at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose of repaglinide contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
- The over dosage symptoms of repaglinide are mainly hypoglycemic symptom like Severe nausea, dizziness, headache, fast heart beat
- Coma and convulsions are rare.
The following are the common side effects of repaglinide
If you experience any of the following side affects stop the repaglinide medication and consult your doctor immediately
Allergic reactions like chest congestion, difficult breathing, swellin of face, lips
Store repaglinide at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
- Proper diet and regular exercise are important to keep control normal blood sugar levels.
- It is advised to have the blood or urine glucose test to monitor the drug therapy.
- Symptoms of low blood sugar levels are
- Nausea, extreme hunger, rapid heartbeat
- Dizziness, drowsiness, headache, restlessness, anxiety, blurred vision
- Convulsions, loss of consciousness, coma and low body temp.
- Symptoms of high blood sugar levels are
- Excessive thirst, increased urination, increased hunger,
- Headache, confusion, blurred vision, weight loss, fatigue
- Viginal and skin infection, slow healing of sores, ulcers and cuts, Erectile dysfunction
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team