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Drug Interactions With Avandia

Avandia can potentially interact with a number of medicines.
 
(Click Avandia Drug Interactions for more information about these possible interactions.)
 

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
 
  • Heart problems of any kind, especially congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
  • An upcoming surgery
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Avandia and Pregnancy Risk)
  • Having problems getting pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pre-menopausal without regular menstrual periods.
     
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Avandia Warnings and Precautions for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take Avandia.)
 

Alternatives to Avandia

In general, type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes are not effective at managing diabetes, medication -- such as Avandia -- may be necessary.
 
The main goal of diabetes medicine is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because Avandia can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing problems related to high blood sugar.
 
For most people, Avandia is quite effective at controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, you may need to combine Avandia with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute for Avandia. These substitutes could include other thiazolidinediones or other diabetes medicines, either by themselves or in combination.
 
(Click Avandia Alternatives to learn more about these alternatives. To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click on any of the links below:
 
Healthy Eating for People With Diabetes

Avandia Medication

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