The main goal of any diabetes treatment 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).
Any type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes. If lifestyle changes are not effective at managing diabetes, diabetes medication (such as Avandamet) may be necessary. Some diabetes drugs force the pancreas to produce more insulin (see Avandamet Alternatives). These medications are effective but can cause dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Because Avandamet does not force the pancreas to make more insulin, the risk of dangerously low blood sugar is low with Avandamet (see Avandamet and Blood Sugar).
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Avandamet has not been adequately studied in children, and there is not enough information available to recommend the use of Avandamet in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Avandamet for type 2 diabetes in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Avandamet for treating something other than diabetes. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an off-label Avandamet use.