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Meglitinides (meh-GLIT-in-ides) are another type of diabetes medicine. Repaglinide (re-PAG-lyn-ide) is the name of a meglitinide. This medicine helps your pancreas make more insulin right after meals, which lowers blood glucose. Your doctor might prescribe repaglinide by itself or with metformin (another diabetes medicine) if one medicine alone does not control your blood glucose levels.
What is repaglinide?
An oral medication used to treat type 2 diabetes by increasing insulin production in the pancreas. A good thing about repaglinide is that it works fast and your body uses it quickly. This fast action means you can vary the times you eat and the number of meals you eat more easily using repaglinide than you can using other diabetes medicines.
Who can take it? Who can't?
Adults with type 2 diabetes can take repaglinide. This medication is not for people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
What dosage can I take and how should I take it?
The initial dosage is .5 mg with each meal, and can be increased to 1 or 2 mg as needed.
How often should I take repaglinide?
Your doctor will tell you to take repaglinide before you eat a meal. If you skip a meal, you should not take the dose of repaglinide.
When should I take repaglinide?
From 30 minutes before to just before a meal. Repaglinide lowers blood glucose the most 1 hour after you take it, and it is out of the bloodstream in 3 to 4 hours.
What are possible side effects of repaglinide?
- weight gain
Are other diabetes medications used with it?
Repaglinide can be used in combination with other diabetes medications and is usually prescribed with metformin. You are encouraged to consult with your doctor to learn about the interactions between repaglinide and diabetes medications you are taking.
What should I tell my doctor before taking repaglinide?
Tell your doctor about any other medications you are on, as well as general allergies or allergies you may have to the ingredients of repaglinide. Also be sure to tell your doctor if you have a history of liver disease.
Reviewed by James A Bennett 5/13
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