|Avandia is an antidiabetic treatment taken by patients with type 2 diabetes. It’s used for patients that did not benefit from other antidiabetic drugs|
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Avandia Oral Uses
Rosiglitazone is an anti-diabetic drug (thiazolidinedione-type, also called “glitazones”) used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). You should only begin taking rosiglitazone when other drugs have not worked well or cannot be taken, and you do not wish to take pioglitazone-containing medications. If you are currently taking rosiglitazone and have good control of your blood sugars and no new side effects/symptoms, continue to take this drug as directed. Ask your doctor promptly about the risks and benefits of this drug, since a small number of people have had serious side effects (see Warning Section).
After November 18, 2011, only patients enrolled in the Avandia-Rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program may obtain and use rosiglitazone-containing products. Your doctor will need to register you with this program before you can receive your prescription. Only physicians enrolled in the Avandia-Rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program may prescribe rosiglitazone-containing products, and only certified mail-order pharmacies enrolled in the program may dispense them. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more details about the program.
Rosiglitazone works by helping to restore your body’s proper response to insulin, thereby lowering your blood sugar. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
How To Use Avandia Oral
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using rosiglitazone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth, with or without food, usually once or twice daily, or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition, response to therapy, and if you are taking other anti-diabetic drugs.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time(s) each day. Monitor blood glucose levels on a regular basis.
It may take up to 2 to 3 months before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
Take all other medications for diabetes as directed by your doctor.
Avandia Oral Precautions
Before taking rosiglitazone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other “glitazones” such as pioglitazone; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Promptly talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the benefits and possible risks of this medication, even if you have been taking it for awhile, especially if you have heart problems. Do not stop taking it unless directed to do so.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:
type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes)
very high blood glucose (diabetic ketoacidosis)
newly diagnosed or worsening heart failure (acute congestive heart failure)
history of liver disease
active liver disease
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
heart disease (e.g., chronic congestive heart failure, heart attack, angina)
fluid in your lungs
high blood cholesterol
eye (retina) problems
bone problems (e.g., osteoporosis, osteopenia)
You may experience blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness due to extremely low or high blood sugar levels. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
Limit alcohol while taking this medication because it can increase the risk of your blood sugar getting too low (hypoglycemia).
During times of stress, such as fever, infection, injury or surgery, it may be more difficult to control your blood sugar. Consult your doctor, as additional medication may be required.
This medication may increase the risk of bone fracture (upper arm, hand, foot) in female patients. To lower the chance of getting injured, use caution when doing activities such as contact sports.
This medication can cause changes in the menstrual cycle (ovulation) in women with certain fertility problems. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about the use of reliable birth control while taking this medication.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Your doctor may substitute insulin for this drug during your pregnancy. Follow all instructions carefully.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Avandia Oral Side Effects
See also Warning section.
Headache or cough may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.