Avandamet and Blood Sugar
Unlike many other diabetes drugs, Avandamet is unlikely to cause low blood sugar. Although up to 12 percent of people taking Avandamet reported mild or moderate low blood sugar symptoms, only 0.6 percent of the people taking Avandamet actually had low blood sugar when their blood sugar was tested. However, low blood sugar is more likely to occur when Avandamet is combined with other diabetes medications.
Low blood sugar is also more common:
- In elderly people
- In people with adrenal, pituitary, liver, or kidney problems
- During fasting before surgery
- After prolonged exercise.
Low blood sugar symptoms can vary depending on a number of factors, including how low the blood sugar levels are. Examples of early symptoms may include:
- Extreme hunger
- Cold sweats
- Blurry vision.
More severe symptoms of low blood sugar can include:
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of life.
If you develop any possible symptoms of low blood sugar while on Avandamet, contact your healthcare provider immediately or seek emergency medical care and stop taking the medicine. If your healthcare provider believes that low blood sugar is causing your symptoms, he or she may recommend that you treat the low blood sugar immediately by eating or drinking something with sugar in it, such as orange juice, hard candy, a tablespoon of honey, or even a tablespoon of granulated sugar.