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General Information
Brand names and manufacturer
Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule

What should I know before taking this drug
Dosage information
Adverse reactions
Additional information if any
Rosiglitazone is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner. 
Rosiglitazone is pronounced as: ROE-zi-GLI-ta-zone 
Rosiglitazone is oral anti diabetic medication. 
Rosiglitazone is used to treat type 2 diabetes (Non insulin dependent diabetes)  
Take rosiglitazone 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 rosiglitazone with food or without food.
  • Always remember to inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any OTC drugs or prescription drugs like
    1. Insulin or any other oral anti diabetic drugs due to risk of low blood sugar
    2. Gemfibrozil
    3. Rfampicin
    4. Warfarin
This may not be the complete list of drugs interact with rosiglitazone, 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 rosiglitazone should be cautiously used.
    1. Liver disease
    2. Vision problems
Do not take rosiglitazone if you have
  • Heart problems like heart attack
  • Suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Type 1 diabetes
Children: Rosiglitazone should not be used in children

Old people: Rosiglitazone is eliminated by the kidneys. For older people due to reduced renal function rosiglitazone should be cautiously used. Does adjustment may be required depending on their renal function.

Pregnant woman: Rosiglitazone belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that rosiglitazone 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 rosiglitazone passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take rosiglitazone with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol decreases blood sugar level and increases the risk hypoglycemia. 
Rosiglitazone is available in the form of tablet. 
Use rosiglitazone 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 rosiglitazone at same time to cover up the missed dose. 
In case of overdose of rosiglitazone contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician. 
The following are the side effects you may experience with rosiglitazone
  • Headache, dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
If you experience any of the following side affects stop the rosiglitazone medication and consult your doctor immediately
  • Allergic reactions like difficult in breathing, chest congestion, swelling of the face, lips
  • Severe hypoglycemic symptoms like severe dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, confusion, extreme hunger
Store rosiglitazone 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
    1. Nausea, extreme hunger, rapid heartbeat
    2. Dizziness, drowsiness, headache, restlessness, anxiety, blurred vision
    3. Convulsions, loss of consciousness, coma and low body temp.
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar levels are
    1. Excessive thirst, increased urination, increased hunger,
    2. Headache, confusion, blurred vision, weight loss, fatigue
    3. 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
Date: Apr8th,09