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||BRAND NAME : Avandia
CHEMICAL CONTENTS: Rosiglitazone
Avandia is used to hold down blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes (also known as "non-insulin dependent" or "adult onset" diabetes).
Blood sugar levels are ordinarily controlled by the body's natural supply of insulin, which helps sugar move out of the bloodstream and into the cells. In type 2 diabetes, the buildup of sugar in the blood is often due not to a lack of insulin, but to the body's inability to make proper use of it. Avandia works first by decreasing sugar production, then by helping the body make more efficient use of whatever insulin is available. It does not increase the actual amount of insulin in circulation.
Avandia is a new type of diabetes medication. It can be used alone or in conjunction with metformin ( Glucophage ) or a member of the sulfonylurea class of diabetes drugs ( Diabinese, Micronase, Orinase ). It takes effect slowly. You may not see a reduction in blood sugar levels for the first 2 weeks of therapy, and it may take 2 to 3 months for the medication to deliver maximum results.
Adults : the usual starting dose of Avandia either alone or in combination with another diabetes drug is 4 mg once a day or 2 mg twice a day. If your sugar levels remain too high after 12 weeks of treatment, the doctor may increase your dose to 8 mg once a day or 4 mg twice a day.
Avandia Contraindications :
Do not take Avandia if it has ever given you an allergic reaction.
Avandia Side Effects:
More common side effects of Avandia may include : Back pain, fatigue, headache, high blood sugar, respiratory tract infections, sinus inflammation, swelling
Although there is no information on the potential results of Avandia overdose, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
Avandia Missed dose:
Take Avandia as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Avandia at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant container.
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