Avandia is a drug known as an insulin stabilizer that decreases the body’s production of sugar levels. The medication is prescribed to control blood sugar levels in individuals who are suffering from Type II Diabetes. Type II Diabetes causes a buildup of blood sugar due to either a shortage of insulin or the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Avandia remedies this by decreasing sugar production and increasing sensitivity to insulin.
Avandia is often prescribed as a standalone treatment for Type II Diabetes but other drugs or supplements can be prescribed in conjunction with the drug. Common drugs prescribed for use with Avandia are insulin, Metformin, and Glyburide.
Before Using Avandia
It is important to remember that Avandia is not be used as a replacement for the healthy practices necessary for a comfortable life with Type II Diabetes. Do not cease exercise, healthy eating, or use of other substances such as insulin because you have begun treatment with Avandia.
How Should Avandia be Taken?
It is important to always follow the instructions given to you by your health care provider. Avandia is prescribed in several different ways; doses can be scheduled for the morning, morning and evening, and doctors will specify whether or not the dose is to be taken with food.
There are a few practices that can be used to insure effective and safe treatment with Avandia:
- It is important that you store Avandia, and most other prescription drugs, in a dry, room temperature space.
- If you miss a dose take it as soon as possible. However, if you are nearing your next dose before you remember just skip the missed dose.
- Never try to make up for a missed dose by taking more than the prescribed amount.
What Side Effects Should I Expect?
As with any other drug, there are some side effects that you should be aware of when using Avandia. If you experience the occurrence or a change in severity of any of the following symptoms you should consult your doctor, only your health care provider can decide if it is time to discontinue treatment. Common side effects are low blood sugar, respiratory tract infections, sinus inflammation, swelling, back pain, fatigue, headache, and high blood sugar.
Who Should Avoid Avandia?
Anyone who has experienced an allergic reaction to Avandia should avoid the drug completely; if you have experienced a reaction to a similar drug you should inform your doctor.
Unique Warnings for Avandia
There are some situations in which Avandia should be used with caution. The first of which is for those who have suffered from a liver disease. If you have a history of liver disease and choose to use Avandia it is important that you have your liver checked for proper function and enzymes every two months for the first year of treatment. If all remains normal you can decrease the frequency of check-ups at your leisure. Common symptoms of liver disease are nausea, fatigue, very dark urine, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain; inform you doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Avandia is not meant is a medication for Type I Diabetes. It should not be used to alleviate the dangerously high blood sugar levels associated with this condition.
Avandia typically causes a weight gain of five pounds or more. This is due to fluid retention and fat gain due to increased sensitivity of fat cells to insulin levels.
Individuals with a history of heart failure or other conditions should begin treatment with Avandia cautiously. Avandia causes and increase in swelling due to fluid retention, in some cases this can cause heart complications including hear failure. If you experience any symptoms of heart disease, such as fatigue, chest pain, or shortness of breath, it is important that you inform your health care provider immediately.
This drug is not meant for treatment of patients under the age of 18.