Tablets: 0.5 milligrams,
Tablets: 1 milligrams,
Tablets: 2 milligrams.
Prandin is prescribed in treating type 2 diabetes, together with diet and exercise.
Prandin can be prescribed alone (monotherapy) or combined with metformin (Glucophage).
Prandin is prescribed to reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes (the kind that does not require insulin shots). It's prescribed when diet and exercise alone fail to correct the problem. A combination of Prandin and a second diabetes drug called Glucophage can be prescribed if either drug alone proves insufficient.
Prandin is taken immediately before a meal or 15 to 30 minutes before a meal. It should be taken with every meal up to 4 times a day. Doses are adjusted by the physician to achieve the best effect.
Take Prandin before each meal. The recommended dose ranges from 0.5 mg to 4 mg. If you have never taken a glucose-lowering medication before, you should start with the 0.5-mg dose. If you have taken these drugs in the past, the starting dose is 1 or 2 mg. Take no more than 16 mg a day.
Your dose of Prandin will be adjusted according to your fasting blood sugar levels. If your pre-meal glucose level appears normal and you are still experiencing glucose control problems, your doctor may test your glucose level after you have eaten a meal. Your doctor will wait at least a week after each change in dose to check your response.
Switching to Prandin
When Prandin replaces another oral glucose-lowering drug, you should start taking it the day after your final dose or the previous drug. Be alert for signs of low blood sugar; effects of the drugs may overlap.
If Prandin is being added to Glucophage therapy, you should begin with a 0.5-mg dose. Dosage will then be adjusted according to your blood glucose levels.
Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) occurs somewhat less frequently with Prandin than with sulfonylureas such as glyburide and glipizide.
Some symptoms of hypoglycemia include:
- Blurred vision;
- Cold temperature;
- Excessive yawning;
- Heart palpitations;
- Loss of consciousness;
- Muscle weakness;
- Numbness around the mouth;
- Tingling in the fingers;
Headache is reported in 1 in 9 persons.
Other possible side effects include:
- Back pain;
- Chest pain;
- Stomach pain;
Prandin side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Urinary Tract Infection;
- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection;
- Skin Tingling;
- Sinus Inflammation;
- Nasal Inflammation;
- Low Blood Sugar;
- Joint Pain;
- Chest Pain;
- Back Pain;