Starlix is an anti diabetic that is extremely useful in helping control blood sugar level and treat type 2 diabetes. Starlix helps to release insulin from the beta cells of the pancreas.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Starlix may be taken within1 to 30 minute prior to a meal.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Starlix falls under antidiabetic agent and it works by lowering blood glucose levels, causing insulin to be released from beta cells of the pancreas.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Starlix must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature between 15-30 degrees C(59-86 degrees F) .
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Starlix (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Starlix in case you have type 1 diabetes or if you have diabetic ketoacidosis.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you have adrenocortical, pituitary, liver, or kidney problems
if you have a high fever or are malnourished.
Certain medicines may interact with this drug like Beta-adrenergic blockers (eg, metoprolol), gemfibrozil, midazoles (eg, ketoconazole), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), (eg, phenelzine), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen), or salicylates (eg, aspirin), Corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), rifampin, sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine), thiazides (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine).
Diabetic patients are always advised to carry an ID card on their person that mentions about their diabetic condition and Starlixs they are using currently. This information may prove to be invaluable in certain scenarios.
Starlix is not to be used for treating Type I diabetes.
Diabetic medications like Starlix work most effectively when they are combined with lifestyle changes like regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Constant blood sugar monitoring must be carried out in diabetic patients. If you find that your blood sugar levels are not improving despite using Starlix, then contact your physician immediately.
If you are experiencing rapid heartbeats, vision changes, headaches, chills, or tremors, hunger, then please note that these are signs of low blood sugar. This is a common situation that can be avoided by consuming all meals and medications on time. Never skip a meal or a dose of medication.
Also quickly consuming a source of sugar (table sugar, honey, candy, orange juice, or non–diet soda) is the first aid for low blood sugar. Consume it and then seek medical attention.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Starlix. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Starlix usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Starlix. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.