Sitamet-Xr 50/1000mg 2x7s
This medicine is indicated in maturity onset diabetes either alone or with sulphonylureas. It is also used as adjuvant therapy in insulin dependent diabetes, particularly in obese patients.
GI upset, taste disturbance, abnormal liver function tests, hepatitis (inflammatory condition of liver), skin reactions, reduced B12 absorption are some of its side effects. Rarely it may cause lactic acidosis (buildup of lactate causing acidic pH of blood stream).
This medicine is contraindicated in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis (life threatening condition in which liver breaks down fats into ketones for energy) or precoma (a state of near unconsciousness), renal (kidney) or hepatic (liver) impairment, acute conditions predisposing to renal impairment, cardiac or respiratory failure, recent myocardial infarction (heart attack), alcoholism and in patients with administration of iodinated contrast materials.
Avoid this medication if:
- You are allergic to this medicine or its contents
Consult your doctor if:
- You are pregnant, planning to have a child, or breastfeeding.
- If you are avoiding unwanted pregnancy, so that your doctor may suggest a suitable form of birth control. Due to Metformin's effects on ovulation and pregnancy.
- You have any sort of digestive problems after taking this medicine: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
- You have a medical history of: Liver diseases, kidney diseases, congestive heart failure, or lung disease.
- If you are about to undergo any medical or surgical treatment.
- If you are about to undergo any CT scan, or X-ray, as it may interact with the dyes used in some pf these procedures.
- If you have a B12 deficiency, are anemic, or are developing symptoms of anemia, Such as: lethargy, aches and pains, or a pale appearance to the skin.
Be careful about:
- Having your meals on time to maintain blood sugar levels.
- Taking the medicine timely, in the way that your physician has prescribed (with food), this will help avoid digestive disturbances.
- Alcohol consumption.
- Avoiding dehydration in any form.
- What else can I do to manage my glucose levels?
To manage your glucose levels, you can make several lifestyle changes such as:
- Following a light regular physical exercise routine
- Limiting use of alcohol
- Limiting or complete cessation of smoking
- Eating healthy
- Taking care of your physical and mental health
- How does Sitagliptin work?
It works by increasing the amount of insulin your body makes. Insulin in the hormone that is involved in glucose management in your body.
- How long does Sitagliptin take to work?
It begins working after approximately 2 weeks. However, you will see the maximum effects after 18-20 weeks.
- What is the best time to take Sitagliptin?
Take it at one time every day. Please follow this same routine and continue to take it at the same time every day.
- Does Sitagliptin have any serious side effects?
This medicine does not have any serious side effects when taken according to the doctor’s prescription, at the specified time. However, if you experience any severe side effects, consult your doctor immediately.