Side Effects of Starlix
While most people tolerate the drug without problems, side effects of Starlix are possible. Common ones include low blood sugar, upper respiratory infections, and back pain. In most cases, these side effects are minor and easily treated. However, some Starlix side effects are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider, such as fever, signs of an allergic reaction, and symptoms of high or low blood sugar.
Side Effects of Starlix: An IntroductionAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Starlix® (nateglinide). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Starlix. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Starlix side effects with you.)
Common Starlix Side Effects
Starlix has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects reported by a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
Based on these studies, the most common side effects of Starlix include:
- Upper respiratory infections (infections similar to a cold) -- occurring in up to 10.5 percent of people
- Back pain -- in up to 4 percent
- Flu symptoms (body aches, tiredness, fever) -- in up to 3.6 percent
- Dizziness -- in up to 3.6 percent
- Joint problems (arthropathy) -- in up to 3.3 percent
- Accidental injury -- in up to 2.9 percent
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) -- in up to 2.4 percent (see Starlix and Blood Sugar).
Starlix can also increase uric acid levels. This condition (known medically as hyperuricemia) may increase the risk of gout or make it worse.