PrandiMet is a drug which includes both Prandin and Metformin in one pill which is prescribed for treating type 2 diabetes. People that have type 2 diabetes usually make some insulin at first, but either not enough, or the insulin they do make, they are resistant to. Insulin cannot get into the cells, and so therefore, blood sugars will rise above normal. What PrandiMet is supposed to do, is treat this problem by making you more sensitive to your insulin by reducing the amount of glucose you get from eating, (Metformin,) and sensitizing you to the insulin made, (Prandin.)
Not everyone can take PrandiMet that has type 2 diabetes. Those people that actually have type 1 diabetes, where zero insulin is made by the pancreas, would not react to this drug at all. Diabetic ketoacidosis cannot be treated by PrandiMet, which is a serious condition when the body produces ketones due to the blood sugars rising dangerously high. Any person with liver disease, or kidney disease will need to take much lower doses of PrandiMet. The side effects for pregnant women taking PrandiMet are as yet not known, or for those that are nursing. Tell your doctor if you are in either of these situations.
One of the dangers of taking PrandiMet that everyone should be aware of is a condition known as lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis is life threatening and produces symptoms such as feeling weak, feelings of numbness, abdominal pain, upset stomach, vertigo, extreme weakness, and changes in heart rates. If these symptoms occur while you are taking PrandiMet, it is important to seek your doctor’s care right away or go to the emergency room.
You need to take PrandiMet just as your doctor has directed for you on the medicine label. Your dosage may be anywhere from 60 to 120 milligrams before each meal. Monitoring your blood sugar closely while on PrandiMet is extremely important since this medication may cause you to have hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood sugar drops too low. Typical symptoms of this condition are sweating, hunger, feeling dizzy or faint. This is a reason why you should always carry some form of rapid acting carbohydrate with you. If hypoglycemia is not attended to quickly, it can be very life threatening and even fatal.
There are some other possible serious side effects from using PrandiMet. It may cause angina pains, and numbness or weakness. These are symptoms which should be reported right away. This drug can also effect your liver, causing effects such as jaundice, dark urine, pale stools, and stomach pains.
Caring for diabetes involves not only medication treatments, but eating a healthy diet, testing your blood sugar often, and following an exercise regime.