Brand Name (Generic Name)
What is nateglinide?
Nateglinide (nah-TAG-lin-ide) is the first medicine in a new group of diabetes pills called D-phenylalanine (dee-fen-nel-AL-ah-neen) derivatives. Nateglinide lowers blood glucose by stimulating the release of insulin from the pancreas.
Who can take nateglinide? Who can't?
Adults with type 1 diabetes can take nateglinide. Those with diabetic ketoacidosis should avoid taking it.
What dosage can I take and how should I take it?
The initial dosage is 120 mg, 3 times a day, and is taken orally in tablet form.
How often should I take nateglinide?
You take it with each meal. If you skip a meal, you should not take your nateglinide pill.
When should I take nateglinide?
You should take it from 1 to 30 minutes before a meal.
What are possible side effects?
This medicine may cause your blood glucose to drop too low. If you have liver disease, talk with your health care provider, since this medicine has not been tested in people with liver disease. Also, ask whether your other medicines might interact with nateglinide.
Are other diabetes medicines used with nateglinide?
Yes, your health care provider may ask you to take metformin along with nateglinide.
What should I tell my doctor before taking nateglinide?
Tell your doctor about any other medications you are on, as well as general allergies and allergies you have to the ingredients of nateglinide.
Reviewed by James A. Bennett 5/13.
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