Drug Class: What is Starlix and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Starlix work?
Dosage: How should you take Starlix?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Starlix
Special information on Starlix
Starlix side effecfts
|Drug Class: What is Starlix and why is it prescribed?|
|Starlix combats high blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes (the kind that does not require insulin shots). Insulin speeds the transfer of sugar from the bloodstream to the body s cells, where it s burned to produce energy. In diabetes, the body either fails to make enough insulin, or proves unable to properly use whats available. Starlix attacks the problem from the production angle, stimulating the pancreas to secrete more insulin. Starlix can be used alone or combined with another diabetes drug, called Glucophage,|
|Drug Mechanism: How does Starlix work?|
Starlix is an oral drug used to lower blood sugar (glucose) levels in type 2 diabetes. It is in a class of drugs called meglitinides which also includes repaglinide (Prandin). Approximately 90% of patients with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adults and is associated with obesity and a strong family history of diabetes. Insulin is an important hormone that controls the blood level of glucose. Type 2 diabetics have an inability to control blood glucose levels.
|Dosage: How should you take Starlix?|
| Starlix should be taken before each meal, anywhere from 30 minutes to the moment before you begin to eat. If you skip a meal, skip your Starlix dose as well; wait until your next meal before taking the medication.
If you miss a Starlix dose:
Wait until your next meal, then take your regular dose. Never take 2 Starlix doses at the same time.
Starlix Storage instructions:Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Starlix|
If Starlix is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Starlix with the following:
|Special information on Starlix|
| Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding:
Because the effects of Starlix on the unborn child have not been adequately studied, this drug should not be used during pregnancy. Since studies suggest the importance of maintaining normal blood sugar levels during pregnancy, you may need to take insulin instead. It is not known whether Starlix appears in breast milk. Because of potential harm to the baby, you ll need to choose between breastfeeding and continuing treatment with Starlix.
|Starlix side effecfts|
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Starlix.
More common side effects may include:
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