"What are oral diabetes medications and how do they work?
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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Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: anti-diabetic drugs (e.g., alpha glucosidase inhibitors such as acarbose/miglitol), darifenacin, drugs for high blood pressure that may make it harder to notice symptoms of low blood sugar (e.g., clonidine, guanethidine, reserpine), drugs that slow down or speed up movement of food through your stomach (causing constipation or diarrhea such as atropine, exenatide, metoclopramide), quinolone antibiotics (e.g., levofloxacin, moxifloxacin), solifenacin.
Some other medications may not work as well if used at the same time as pramlintide. If you are using any of the following drugs, take them at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after your injection: antibiotics, birth control pills, pain relievers (e.g., acetaminophen).
If you have any questions about when to take your other medications, ask your pharmacist.
If you are using a medication that needs to be taken with food, take it with a small meal or snack (less than 250 calories or 30 grams of carbohydrate) at a time when you do not normally inject pramlintide.
Beta blocker medications (e.g., metoprolol, propranolol, glaucoma eye drops such as timolol) may prevent the fast/pounding heartbeat you would usually feel when your blood sugar level falls too low (hypoglycemia). Other symptoms of low blood sugar such as dizziness, hunger, or sweating are unaffected by these drugs.
Many drugs can affect your blood sugar levels, making it more difficult to control your blood sugar. Before you start, stop, or change any medication, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how the medication may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar levels regularly as directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor about the results and of any symptoms of high or low blood sugar. (See also Side Effects section.) Your doctor may need to adjust your anti-diabetic medication, exercise program, or diet.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flushing, dizziness.
NOTES: Do not share this medication, syringes, or needles with others.
You should attend a diabetes education program to understand diabetes, its complications, and all the important aspects of its treatment, including meals/diet, exercise, personal hygiene, medications, and getting regular eye, foot, and medical exams.
Keep all medical appointments. Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c) should be performed periodically to monitor for side effects and response to treatment. Check your blood sugar levels regularly before and after meals and at bedtime or as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store unopened vials of pramlintide in the refrigerator at 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C). Protect from light. Do not freeze. Discard vials that have been frozen or overheated. Opened vials that you are currently using can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 30 days as long as the temperature is not higher than 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Discard the vial 30 days after it has been opened (punctured) whether or not it has been refrigerated, even if some drug remains in the vial. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For information about enrolling in MedicAlert, call 1-888-633-4298 (US) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
Information last revised January 2014. Copyright(c) 2014 First Databank, Inc.
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