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Prandin is the brand name for the generic drug repaglinide. This drug is used in the treatment of diabetes type 2 (non-insulin dependent). This medicine is available in the form of tablets of strengths 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg. The Prandin tablets are available in bottles of 100, 500, and 1000. Always protect the bottle from moisture and store them above 25 deg C.
The blood glucose level of the patient is monitored periodically and the dosage of Prandin is recommended according to the blood glucose levels. You can start with a dosage of 0.5 mg and see how it affects the glucose levels. The tablet should be taken before 15 minutes of taking your meals. If the patient has already been treated for type 2 diabetes with other medications then the dosage could be 1 mg or 2 mg with your meal. The dosage of Prandin can be increased to up to 4 mg depending on the response of the patient in reducing the glucose levels. The recommended dosage is usually 0.5 mg to 4 mg per dose. The number of doses can vary from 2 to 4 depending on the meal pattern of the patient.
For getting the full benefit of this medicine you should not skip the medicine. Make sure that you get your prescription refilled before you run out of Prandin.
Patients who are allergic to repaglinide should not take Prandin. If you are having type 1 diabetes you should not take this medication. Do not take this medicine with Lopid or NPH insulin. When you are on this tablet you should not exercise much and be under stress. Do not drink alcohol when you take this tablet. Such actions might take you to a low blood sugar levels. Do not skip meals. Patients are recommended to know the signs of low blood sugar levels and always have sugar with them in case of low sugar levels. Sugar sources such as candy, milk, orange juice, and glucose can be had. If you get any allergic reactions upon taking this medicine contact your doctor immediately. Side effects like blurred vision, joint pain, temporary hair loss, headache, diarrhea, and stuffy nose might be expected.
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