Avandia for people with type 2 diabetes
Avandia is a medicine prescribed fort diabetes. The drug is only for people with type 2 diabetes. The drug is not prescribed for treating type 1 diabetes.
The drug is generally prescribed to be taken in the morning and evening. The drug can be taken with food or in empty stomach. Always follow the doctor’s direction while taking Avandia. Never take larger doses or take it for longer periods unless your doctor has recommended it. Some times your doctor may change the dosage to be sure that you get the best results.
Keep a tab on the doses and never miss any dosage. If by any reason you forget to take a dose, you can have it as soon as you remember it. But it has to be taken ahead of the scheduled dosage and not to be taken if it is almost time for your regular doses. Take care that you do not mix two doses of Avandia.
If you suspect to have taken an overdose of Avandia, immediately contact the doctor. Some of the overdose symptoms are headache, hunger, irritability, weakness, sweating, confusion, dizziness, tremors, fast heartbeat and seizures.
Once your doctor has decided to give you Avandia, you should have to tell him about all your medical history. Tell the doctor if you have a history of heart failures, stroke, eye problems due to diabetes and liver disease.
Avandia is FDA pregnancy category C. which means that the drug may cause harm to the foetus. So it is better for pregnant women and for those who intend to get pregnant to avoid the drug. Though it is not known if the drug is excreted into breast milk, women who breast feed should nurse their kid only after discussing with the doctor about the risks of using the drug.
It has been found that some women who are on Avandia medication had started their periods, even after long time of not having it. There is a possibility of becoming pregnant and if you do not want any more child, go for additional birth controls.
While you are on Avandia prescription, your doctor may recommend frequent lab tests as he has to constantly monitor your health conditions, especially the liver functions and your eye. Never miss any appointment and your lab tests.
If you are prescribed Avandia, you have to stop taking alcohol as mixing the two can.
lower the blood sugar and increase the risk of hypoglycaemia.
You should also tell our doctor about all the medicines that you are taking before he prescribes Avandia as some drugs are known to interact with it.
As like other medicines, Avandia also comes with many side effects and allergic reactions. If you come across allergic reactions like swelling (face, lips, mouth, toungue), difficulty breathing and hives, you have to stop the drug and contact your doctor immediately.
You may also comes across serious side effects including mild exertion, chest pain, swelling, weight gain, sweating, pain spreading to arms or shoulder, nausea, fever, stomach pain, appetite loss, dark urine, jaundice, clay-colored stools and blurred vision.