This medication is typically used to control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. It may also have other uses. Even though you may not feel its effects, this medication takes effect within a few hours.
This medication is typically used only once a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. It must be used regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects. Be sure to keep an adequate supply on hand.
If this medication is used to treat diabetes, you should monitor your blood sugar levels regularly using the appropriate device. This medication should be swallowed whole. It should not be split, crushed or chewed.
You may notice the presence of a whole tablet in your stools. This is only the outer shell; the medication inside has been absorbed. This medication is more effective if taken with food. Always take it with a meal or a snack.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption during treatment.
In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:
Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.
As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Keep it out of reach of young children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.
Wearing a medical ID bracelet or tag to alert first responders to the fact that you are taking this product is advised, as it will help them make the best decision in an emergency situation.
A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.
It is important to tell the health professionals you consult: