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Starlix Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Starlix
Generic Name: nateglinide (oral) (Pronunciation: na ta GLYE nide)
- What is nateglinide (Starlix)?
- What are the possible side effects of nateglinide (Starlix)?
- What is the most important information I should know about nateglinide (Starlix)?
- What should I discuss with my doctor before taking nateglinide (Starlix)?
- How should I take nateglinide (Starlix)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Starlix)?
- What happens if I overdose (Starlix)?
- What should I avoid while taking nateglinide (Starlix)?
- What other drugs will affect nateglinide (Starlix)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is nateglinide (Starlix)?
Nateglinide is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. This medication helps your body respond better to insulin produced by your pancreas.
Nateglinide is used together with diet and exercise to treat type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes. Other diabetes medicines are sometimes used in combination with nateglinide if needed.
Nateglinide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Starlix 120 mg
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Starlix 60 mg
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What are the possible side effects of nateglinide (Starlix)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- seizure (convulsions); or
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects may include:
- runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, cold or flu symptoms;
- diarrhea, nausea;
- back pain;
- dizziness; or
- joint pain or stiffness.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Starlix (nateglinide) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
What is the most important information I should know about nateglinide (Starlix)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to nateglinide, if you have type 1 diabetes, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with insulin).
Take care not to let your blood sugar get too low. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can occur if you skip a meal, exercise too long, drink alcohol, or are under stress. Symptoms include headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, tremors, irritability, or trouble concentrating. Carry hard candy or glucose tablets with you in case you have low blood sugar. Other sugar sources include orange juice and milk. Be sure your family and close friends know how to help you in an emergency.
Nateglinide is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely. Changing any of these factors can affect your blood sugar levels.
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