What is Avandia?
Avandia is an anti-diabetic drug (thiazolidinedione-type, also called "glitazones") used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes).
Who can take it?
Adults with type 2 diabetes can take Avandia with their doctor's approval and supervision.
What dosage can I take and how should I take it?
Avandia is administered at a starting dose of 4 mg either as a single daily dose or in 2 divided doses, taken orally.
How often should I take Avandia?
Usually once or twice daily, as directed by your doctor.
When should I take it?
Take Avandia at the time your doctor specifies.
What are the possible side effects?
Side effects may include headaches and/or coughs.
What should I tell my doctor before taking Avandia?
Before taking Avandia, 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.
Compiled by Joe Guarneri, dLife contributing writer.
Garlic Green Beans with Manchego Cheese Melon Balls With Lime Ice Cream Cream of Yam and Carrot Soup Sesame Salmon Fat Free Barbecue Sauce Whole Wheat Apple Muffins Steamed Sole with Black Bean Sauce Veggie Omelet Fuzzy Orange Smoothie Barbecue Chicken and Pineapple Sandwich
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...