Always remember that Starlix is an aid to, not a substitute for, good diet and exercise.
Failure to follow a sound diet and exercise plan can lead to serious complications, such as dangerously high or low blood sugar levels.
In diabetes, the body either fails to make enough insulin, or proves unable to properly use what's available.
Insulin speeds the transfer of sugar from the bloodstream to the body's cells, where it's burned to produce energy.
Remember, too, that Starlix is not an oral form of insulin, and cannot be prescribed in place of insulin shots.
Starlix attacks the problem from the production angle, stimulating the pancreas to secrete more insulin.
Starlix can be prescribed alone or combined with another diabetes drug, called Glucophage, that tackles the other part of the problem, working to improve the body's response to whatever insulin it makes.
Starlix combats high blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes (the kind that does not require insulin shots).
Starlix is prescribed only when diet and exercise--or Glucophage alone--have failed to control blood sugar levels.
Starlix side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
More common side effects may include:
- Upper respiratory infection;
- Joint infection;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Back pain;
Less common side effects may include:
- Low blood sugar;
- Accidental injury;
Symptoms of mild low blood sugar may include:
- Fast heartbeat;
- Cold sweats;
- Blurred vision;
Symptoms of more severe low blood sugar may include:
- Shallow breathing;
- Pale skin;
Starlix is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If starlix gives you an allergic reaction;
- If you are already taking a drug that promotes insulin secretion, such as micronase;
- If you have been taking other antidiabetic drugs for a long time;
- If you have liver disease;
- If you have type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes;
Do not take Starlix with any of the following drugs:
- Thyroid medications such as synthroid;
- Thiazide diuretics such as the water pills esidrix and hydrodiuril;
- Salicylates such as the arthritis drugs disalcid and trilisate;
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as advil, motrin, and naprosyn;
- Mao inhibitors such as the antidepressants nardil and parnate;
- Decongestants such as sudafed;
- Corticosteroids such as prednisone (deltasone);
- Beta blockers such as the blood pressure medications inderal and tenormin;
- Airway-opening drugs such as alupent and proventil;
If your doctor finds that your glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C) levels are near normal before you start taking the drug, you may use the lower dose of 60 milligrams three times a day.
Take Starlix shortly before meals. The usual dose of Starlix, whether taken alone or combined with Glucophage, is 120 milligrams three times a day.
An overdose of Starlix can cause low blood sugar.
Mild hypoglycemia can usually be corrected by eating sugar or a sugar-based product.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical attention immediately.