Nateglinide is used to control high blood sugar. This is used with a proper diet and exercise program in people with type 2 diabetes. Proper control of diabetes may lessen your risk of stroke or heart attack. Controlling high blood sugar also helps prevent:
- Nerve problems
- Loss of limbs
- Kidney damage
- Sexual function problems
How does Nateglinide work?
Nateglinide works by acting on the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. These cells are called beta cells. This medication causes the beta cells to produce more insulin. Insulin is a natural substance that allows the body to properly use sugar from the diet.
Why use Nateglinide?
Nateglinide is an antidiabetic medicine. This stimulates the body to produce more insulin. This is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nateglinide comes as a tablet for oral use. Each tablet contains Nateglinide as an active ingredient. This is available in the strengths of 60 mg and 120 mg.
How to use Nateglinide?
The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Your doctor may start you at a low dose and slowly increase your dose. It is to lessen your risk of side effects. Follow the instructions of your doctor carefully. Do not take more or less of this medication.
Nateglinide is usually taken 3 times a day 1 to 30 minutes before each main meal. Take this medication not earlier than 30 minutes before meals. Do not take a dose of drug if you are skipping that meal. Remember to take it at the same time each day. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.
What are the side effects of Nateglinide?
Common side effects:
- Weight gain
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Flu or cold symptoms
- Joint pain or stiffness
- Cold sweat
Call your doctor right away if these side effects continue or worsen.
Warnings and Precautions
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. Tell also if you have any allergies before taking a dose.
- Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without the consent of your doctor.
- Before using, inform your doctor if you ever had diabetes, kidney disease, or family history of mental or mood disorders.
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, consult your doctor first before using this.
- Keep this at room temperature far from heat or moisture.