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.
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