This is a medication that is used to treat high blood sugar by normalizing your body’s reaction to insulin. It is specifically used for patients with type two diabetes. Duetact consists of two separate drugs called piogliatzone and glimepiride and belongs to the group of medications called glitazones.
Duetact helps patients with diabetes by lowering their blood sugar levels that reduces risk of blindness, nerve problems, kidney issues and even loss of limbs.
Duetact should be taken orally usually along with the main meal for the day. However, the dosage and frequency of taking the drug will depend on your condition and your response to it. During the initial stages of using Duetact, it is important to check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis. Since there could be a possibility that you undergo hypoglycaemic conditions due to the sudden change of drugs.
It will take at least 2 months for proper results to be evident from using Duetact. It is important that you take this drug regularly, at the same time everyday in order to experience maximum benefits. Always consult your doctor about any amendments that need to be done regarding your dosage according to your blood sugar levels.
You should make sure that your doctor and pharmacist is aware of any allergies you may have to this drug or its components. It is also vital that you inform your doctor about any medical history that includes heart, liver, kidney or thyroid diseases. Hormonal imbalances, retinal issues, fluid in the lungs, swelling and cancers could also make an impact on how your body responds to the drug.
It is better to limit your exposure to sun as well as to limit your intake of alcohol when taking this drug. The effect of this drug can be hindered if your body is going through some sort of stressful condition such as infections, fever, accidents or surgery. Your doctor will be able to advice you on the best way to alter your dosage to suit these unique situations.
Duetact may also increase the chance for bone injury. It can also cause dizziness and difficulty to concentrate on complex tasks. Therefore, it is advised to avoid risky actions such as driving and using heavy machinery.
The drug can affect the menstrual cycle in women and could be harmful during pregnancy. Elderly people should be cautious when taking the drug as the lack of kidney function may lead to very low levels of blood sugar which can cause health risks.
You may experience dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, tooth ache or muscle pain for a while. If these conditions persist, inform your doctor. Side effects such as problems when urinating, mood swings, bruising, vision issues and skin discolouration should be attended to immediately. Even though severe allergic reactions due to Duetact are very rare, you should stay alert to any rashes, skin irritations, swelling or trouble breathing.
Low blood sugar levels are common in patients using this drug. Carrying glucose tablets will help controlling this condition.