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Thu Apr 18 19:26:18 EDT 2013

I take Metformin, Actos and glymerpride. My son (an internist) thinks I should stop taking the Actos. What would be a good replacment?
Asked By: mamabro1  

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Expert Answers (1)
2013-04-17 19:57:39.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that using Actos beyond 1 year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. If you have a history of of bladder cancer, let your doctor know.

There are many diabetes medicines available. The medicines you are already taking, metformin and glimepiride, appear to work well with GLP-1 agonists or DPP-IV inhibitors to help maintain blood glucose control.

Talk with your doctor about your concerns. Together you can explore other options and discuss the benefits of other diabetes. medicines in your diabetes care. Keep in mind that these medicines are to be used along with a healthful meal and exercise plan.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2013-04-19 11:21:14.0

Teens often exercise independence and may use diabetes to undermine parental authority.

It is hard to step back and tell your son that diabetes is his responsibility. He might listen to a respected adult (coach, scout leader or teacher) with diabetes. Or another teen in his diabetes support group.

Read how one parent copes!

Use positive reinforcement. Telling him that you appreciate his efforts and that he did a great job tend to be more motivating than complaining when he does not. Remind him that good control helps him feel well, maintain normal growth and participate in his favorite activities.

Take care.

Answered By: khaled

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