Prandin is a diabetes medication. It belongs to the meglitinide class of drugs. Its main component is repaglinide.
Prandin is used to control the blood sugar levels in individuals with type-2 diabetes. It stimulates the pancreas to produce a higher amount of insulin in the body. This helps to reduce the amount of sugar in the bloodstreams of the body.
Having a balanced blood sugar level prevents a large number of dangerous ailments. These include loss of vision, kidney problems, damage to nerves, sexual dysfunction, and even loss of limbs. The maintaining of the blood sugar level may also reduce the prevalence of heart attacks and strokes in individuals.
Contact your physician for a full list of all the benefits this medication can provide.
Always follow the prescription that your doctor has provided. Do not take Prandin in larger or smaller doses than you have been instructed.
This medication should be taken orally.
You should take Prandin at least 15 minutes before every meal. Do not take Prandin more than a half an hour before you eat. Do not take Prandin if you will not be eating or skipping a meal.
For patients who have not been previously prescribed with anti-diabetic drugs, the recommended dosage is 0.5 mg with each meal. This dosage should be taken three times a day.
For those who have received prior treatment, the recommended dosage is 1 mg with every meal. This should be taken three times a day.
If you have missed a dose take it as soon as you remember but only if you are going to eat.
If your next meal is soon, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses together.
An overdose of Prandin can cause very serious hypoglycemia. In case of an overdose, call your emergency services immediately.
The more common side effects associated with taking Prandin are:
Loss of consciousness
Symptoms associated with low blood sugar
Discomfort in the chest
Congestion in the nasal region
Difficulty with breathing
Discomfort in the throat
Discomfort of the sinuses
The less common symptoms associated with this medication are:
Blood in the urine
Discomfort when urinating
Discomfort in the chest
Irritation of the skin
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or want to begin breastfeeding.
Do not take this medication if you have a repaglinide allergy or have type-1 diabetes.
NPH insulin may negatively interact with this medication.
Inform your doctor if you have had a history of liver problems.
Certain medications may interfere with the removal of repaglinide. This has an effect on how Prandin works. Such medications are antifungal drugs, gemofibrizil, certain antibiotics, cyclosporine, and clopidogrel. Ask your physician for a full list of drugs that inhibit the effect of repaglinide.
Psychiatric drugs as well as certain types of steroids and antibiotics affect the blood sugar levels in the body. This may have an effect on the function of Prandin. Inform your physician if you are taking any medications or antibiotics.