:: Health Conditions - Diabetes
- Avandia (Rosiglitazone)
Rosiglitazone is a generic name of a drug Avandia.
Avandia (Rosiglitazone) is an antihyperglycemic agent used
to treat diabetes. It helps the body respond better to insulin
and it reduces the amount of sugar produced by the liver.
It can help control blood sugar levels. Generic Avandia, Rosiglitazone
is used, along with diet and exercise, in the treatment of
type 2 diabetes. Rosiglitazone (generic Avandia) may also
be used with a sulfonylurea (e.g., Diabeta, Glucotrol, Micronase,
others), metformin (Glucophage), or insulin when diet and
exercise plus any one of these medicines alone do not result
in adequate blood sugar control.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you do not
remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and
take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take
a double dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Symptoms of a rosiglitazone overdose are not known.
What are the possible side effects
of Rosiglitazone (Avandia)?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects,
stop taking rosiglitazone and seek emergency medical attention
or notify your doctor immediately.
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of
the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite;
- unusual fatigue;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes; or
- dark urine.
Notify your doctor immediately if you experience an unusually
rapid increase in weight or edema (swelling, water retention),
shortness of breath, or chest pain during treatment with rosiglitazone.
These may be early symptoms of heart problems.
Although rosiglitazone does not usually cause hypoglycemia
(low blood sugar), hypoglycemia may result from skipped meals,
excessive exercise, or alcohol consumption. Know the signs
and symptoms of hypoglycemia, which include headache, drowsiness,
weakness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, and
nausea. Carry a piece of hard non-dietetic candy or glucose
tablets with you to treat episodes of low blood sugar.
Other less serious side effects may also occur. Continue to
take rosiglitazone and talk to your doctor if you experience:
- headache; or
- sore throat, nasal discharge, or cold symptoms.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
or that is especially bothersome.