Meglitinides- A Type 2 Diabetes Medication
(meh-GLIT-in-ides) are type 2 oral medications that stimulate the
pancreas to make more insulin. They are commonly used to help stop
rapid increased in blood sugar levels right after meals. Two examples
of Meglitinides (Starlix) are nateglinides and repaglinides (Prandin).
Meglitinides are very similar to Sulfonylurea (SUL-fah-nil-YOO-ree-ahs) oral medications. Meglitinides are most often used to help prevent dramatic increases in blood sugar levels right after a diabetic eats by helping the pancreas produce more insulin.
They are frequently prescribed with other methods of controlling blood sugar levels do not work, including nutritional changes and exercise.
- Side Effects of Meglitinides
- low blood sugar
- upper respiratory infections
- joint and back pain
- weight gain
Meglitinides do not stay in the body very long and need to be taken
directly before or after a meal. Also, people with liver problems
should not take Repaglinide. Other side effects may include: