When and How to Take AvandiaSome general considerations for when and how to take the medication include:
- It comes in tablet form and should be taken by mouth once or twice daily.
- You can take it with or without food. If Avandia bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- It should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Avandia Dosage for more information about this topic.)
Side EffectsAs with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Avandia. However, not everyone who takes Avandia will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects of Avandia include:
- Upper respiratory infections (similar to the common cold)
Broken bones (in women)
- Swelling or water weight gain (edema) (see Avandia and Weight Gain)
- Back pain.
(Click Avandia Side Effects to learn about the specific side effects of this drug, including serious side effects to look out for.)