Actoplus Met Uses
The main goal of any diabetes treatment plan is to lower your blood sugar levels (as measured by your hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c]) enough to reduce your risk for developing problems related to diabetes (see Diabetes Complications).
Some diabetes drugs force the pancreas to produce more insulin (see Actoplus Met Alternatives). These medications are effective, but can cause dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Because Actoplus Met does not force the pancreas to make more insulin, the risk of dangerously low blood sugar with this medicine is low (see Actoplus Met and Blood Sugar).
In some people, Actoplus Met may need to be combined with other diabetes medicines. For example, if type 2 diabetes is untreated for a very long time, the pancreas may not be able to make insulin anymore. In these people, using Actoplus Met alone will not be effective, since the effects of the drug depend on the presence of insulin in the body. These people will need to take insulin along with Actoplus Met.
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Actoplus Met has not been adequately studied in children, and there is not enough information available to recommend its use. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Actoplus Met for type 2 diabetes in children.