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Insulin is a hormone produced by cells in the pancreas called beta cells. Insulin helps the body use blood glucose (a type of sugar) for energy. People with type 2 diabetes "...
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ROSIGLITAZONE/GLIMEPIRIDE - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Avandaryl
WARNING: This medication may infrequently cause or worsen a certain heart problem (congestive heart failure). Tell your doctor right away if you notice any symptoms of heart failure, including: swelling of the hands/feet, unusual/sudden weight gain, trouble breathing, unusual tiredness.
This medication is not recommended in patients with certain types of heart failure. Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have heart failure.
USES: This medication is a combination of two drugs, rosiglitazone and glimepiride. It is used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Rosiglitazone belongs to a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones or "glitazones". It works by helping to restore your body's proper response to insulin, thereby lowering your blood sugar.
Glimepiride belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfonylureas. It works by stimulating the release of your body's natural insulin.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily with the first meal of the day or as directed by your doctor.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Colesevelam can decrease the absorption of glimepiride. If you are taking colesevelam, take this product at least 4 hours before taking colesevelam.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day. Monitor your blood sugar levels on a regular basis, and share the results with your doctor.
It may take up to 2-3 months before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
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