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What is Nateglinide used for?

Nateglinide is used to control blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. This medicine may be used with diet and exercise. It belongs to a class of drugs called meglitinides. By stimulating the pancreas to release insulin, Nateglinide regulates the amount of sugar levels in your blood. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Nateglinide?

The dosage of Nateglinide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Nateglinide. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

Nateglinide should be taken 30 minutes before a meal.

What if you miss a dose of Nateglinide?

If you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember only if you are getting ready to eat a meal. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Nateglinide?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Nateglinide, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Nateglinide?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Nateglinide.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Nateglinide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Nateglinide can interact with birth control pills, seizure medicines, thyroid medicines, and steroids.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Nateglinide?

Like other medicines, Nateglinide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Nateglinide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Nateglinide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Nateglinide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Nateglinide can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, sweating, shakiness, hunger, sneezing, back pain, and joint pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Nateglinide.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Nateglinide?

Is it possible for me to take Nateglinide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Nateglinide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Nateglinide?
How will Nateglinide work in my body?
How should Nateglinide be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Nateglinide drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Nateglinide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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