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Repaglinide CAS number 135062-02-1
USES: Repaglinide is used alone or with other medications to control
high blood sugar along with a proper diet and exercise program. It is used
in people with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Effectively
controlling high blood sugar helps prevent heart disease, strokes, kidney
disease, blindness, circulation problems, and decreased sexual ability. It
works by stimulating the body to produce more insulin. Insulin is a natural
substance that allows the body to properly use sugar from the diet.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth before each meal, usually
2-4 times daily 15 minutes before meals or as directed by your doctor. Take
this drug no earlier than 30 minutes before the meal. You may also take it
just before the meal if necessary. Use this medication regularly as directed
by your doctor in order to get the most benefit from it. Carefully follow
the medication treatment plan, meal plan, and exercise program your doctor
has recommended. Monitor your blood sugar on a regular basis. Keep track of
the results, and share them with your doctor. This is very important in
order to determine the correct repaglinide dose. Inform your doctor if your
blood sugar measurements are too high or too low. Your dosage may need to be
SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach,
and joint pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsenToo much
of this medication can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This effect may
also occur if you do not consume enough calories. The symptoms include
chills, cold sweats, blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, shaking, fast
heartbeat, weakness, headache, fainting, tingling of the hands/feet, or
hunger. It is a good habit to carry glucose (sugar) tablets or gel to treat
low blood sugar. If you don't have these reliable forms of glucose, raise
your blood sugar quickly by eating a quick source of sugar such as table
sugar, honey, candy, or drinking a glass of fruit juice or non-diet soda.
Tell your doctor immediately about the reaction. To help prevent low blood
sugar, eat meals on a regular schedule, and do not skip meals. Too little of
this medication can cause high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Symptoms of high
blood sugar include thirst, increased urination, confusion, drowsiness,
flushing, rapid breathing, or fruity breath odor. If these symptoms occur,
tell your doctor immediately. Your medication dosage may need to be
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking repaglinide, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: adrenal or pituitary gland problems, thyroid
problems, kidney or liver disease, nerve problems (e.g., diabetic
neuropathy), infections, inability to eat due to loss of appetite,
Do not change the dose of this medication unless your doctor has given you
instructions on how to do so. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Know the symptoms of low blood sugar and high blood sugar. Tell your doctor
immediately if you experience symptoms of high or low blood sugar.
Do not use this medication when you have low blood sugar.
Limit alcohol while taking this medication because it can increase the risk
of developing low blood sugar. During times of stress, such as fever,
infection, injury, surgery, or quitting smoking, it may be more difficult to
control your blood sugar. Consult your doctor because a change in your dose
may be required. Changes in your lifestyle or activity level may affect the
amount of repaglinide your body needs to control blood sugar levels. If you
notice an unusual change in your blood sugar measurements, tell your doctor.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, skip that dose and resume your
regular dosage schedule with your next meal. Do not double the dose to catch
STORAGE: Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C)
away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all
medicines away from children and pets.