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Drug Interactions

Starlix can potentially interact with a number of medicines (see Starlix Drug Interactions).

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Starlix if you have:
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue
  • Pituitary gland problems
  • An upcoming surgery
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Starlix Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

Alternatives to Starlix

In general, treatment for type 2 diabetes begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in managing diabetes, medication such as Starlix may be necessary.
The main goal of diabetes medication is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce the risk of developing related problems, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because Starlix can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing these and other problems by taking it.
Starlix is usually quite effective in 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, Starlix may need to be combined with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute. These could include another meglitinide or other diabetes drugs, either by themselves or in combination.
(Click Starlix Alternatives for more information.)
To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click the following eMedTV links:
Healthy Eating for People With Diabetes

Starlix Diabetes Medicine

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