The Anti-Diabetic Medicine
Rosiglitazone belongs in the class of thiazolidinedione drugs. However, using this anti-diabetic drug requires doctor supervision as it may cause or worsen heart failure and increase the risk of developing heart-related problems in some patients.
Thiazolidinedione is a class of anti-diabetic drugs in which Rosiglitazone belongs. Available under the brand name, Avandia, Rosiglitazone is used to treat type 2 diabetes. This drug is more effective if used along with proper diet and exercise. Rosiglitazone can also be used alone or combined with other anti-diabetic medicines.
Rosiglitazone has the capability to lower blood sugar by making the cells in your body sensitive to insulin action. This oral anti-diabetic agent improves your body’s glycemic control as well as reduces circulating insulin levels. The drug is adjunct to exercise and proper diet to make it effective in improving glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Patients should start taking Rosiglitazone at the lowest recommended dosage. Increasing its dosage should be done so with doctor’s supervision and careful monitoring for any adverse events.
Limitation of Use:
You should not take Rosiglitazone if you have any allergy to one of its ingredient, have moderate or severe heart failure, history of liver problems, type 1 diabetes and taking nitrates. Before taking this drug, you should inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breast-feeding. You should also tell your doctor if you have diabetic ketoacidoses, abnormal live function or have liver problems, swelling problems or heart problems.
Taking other medicines may cause adverse interaction. Tell your doctor if you are taking insulin or nitrates such as nitroglycerin, oral anti-diabetic medicines or gemfibrozil, rifampicin or anti-coagulants.
Possible Adverse Reactions:
Side effects of Rosiglitazone vary by patients. But the common side effects are weight gain and headache. Some patients may also experience severe allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, itching, rashes, tightness in the chest, fainting, blurred vision, stomach pain, symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar such as increased sweating, drowsiness, anxiety or dizziness, chills, tremors, unusual bone pain, tiredness or weakness. Any side effect should not be taken for granted. Consult our doctor immediately.