Why it’s used
Diabetamin Tablet is used to reduce the high blood sugar level due to improper production or use of insulin in the body (also called, type 2 diabetes mellitus). It is a prescription medicine. It works by lowering the amount of glucose in the body. It also increases the response of the body to insulin.
Diabetamin Tablet may also be taken in combination with other medicines to treat certain conditions as recommended by the doctor. Diabetamin Tablet is used together with sulphonylureas to lower the total cholesterol levels in the blood and may increase the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia).
When not to use
Diabetamin belongs to a class of medicines called Anti-Diabetic. Anti-diabetic drugs are a class of medicines used to treatdiabetes mellitus. It control diabetes by lowering the sugar level in the blood. Antidiabetic drugs include insulin and the oralhypoglycemic agents
How to use
Read the directions on the product label, patient guide, or medicine guide provided by the medicine company or your pharmacist before starting to use Diabetamin Tablet. If you have any questions related to this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Consume this medicine as recommended by your doctor.
Diabetamin Tablet is consumed with food. This medicine should be taken with meals two or three times a day. Diabetamin Tablet is consumed usually in the evening.
The typical dose of Diabetamin is initial dose of 850 mg once a day or 500 mg twice a day with food (not more than 2550 mg in a day). The usual dose for children is initial dose of 500 mg twice a day (not more than 2000 mg in children 10-16 years). The maximum adult dose of Diabetamin is 2550 mg in a day. This medicine is not known to be habit-forming.
This medicine is to be used for longer periods of time. You should continue to use this medicine as directed by the doctor even if you feel well.
To decrease the possibility of side-effects, you might be recommended to use the extended-release form of this medicine by your doctor. The extended-release medicine helps in maintaining a steady level of the medicine in your body for a longer period of time. Do not crush or chew the medicine, unless indicated on the package or by your doctor.
Talk to Your Doctor
Talk to your doctor if you develop new symptoms. If you have any kidney disease, dosage will usually be adjusted according to the functioning of kidney parameter (glomerular filtration rate).
Your doctor may recommend a lower initial dose of this medicine to see the impact of this medicine on the body. Please follow your doctor’s directions. A lower dose of this medicine may be recommended to reduce the risk of side-effects. Older patients may see an increase in the incidence of side-effects with this medicine. As a result, a lower dose may be recommended for older patients.
When stopping this medicine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as low sugar level.
Use in Children
If you are giving Diabetamin Tablet to a child, be sure to use a product that is meant for children. Before giving this medicine to a child, use the child’s weight or age to find the right dose from the product package. You can also read the dosage section of this page to know the correct dose for your child. Else, consult with your doctor and follow their recommendation.
Limit the consumption of alcohol with Diabetamin.
Your doctor may request that specific lab tests be performed before you start using Diabetamin Tablet. You may need to haveEstimated Glomerular Filtration Rate test. A glomerular filtration rate should be tested before this medicine because the dosage of Diabetamin depends on this test.
You should store Diabetamin Tablet at room temperature 20°–25° C (68°–77° F), away from moisture, and away from light. Store the medicine away from the reach of children and pets.
Medicines may be prescribed for uses other than those listed in the medicine guide. Do not use Diabetamin Tablet for conditions for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Diabetamin Tablet to other people who might have the same conditions or symptoms that you have. Self-medication may harm them.
How to take Diabetamin
The dose and frequency of using Diabetamin will depend on the following factors:
Dosage for type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Initial: 500 mg twice a day or 850 mg once a day with food
- Maximum: 2550 mg/day once daily in evening with food
Children (10-16 years)
- Initial: 500 mg twice a day with food
- Maximum: 2000 mg/day
Dosage calculation for children
To calculate the dosage for children please use the weight based dose calculator to calculate the appropriate dosage as per the weight of your child.
Strength: 500 mg, 850 mg, and 1000 mg
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Strength: 500 mg/5 ml
Swallow this medicine whole, without splitting, chewing or crushing them. This medicine is usually taken once daily with the evening food.
A missed dose should be taken with food as soon as you remember it. Avoid taking a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
What to do if you overdose on Diabetamin?
The most useful and effective method to remove excessive amounts of lactate and Diabetamin is hemodialysis. Hemodialysis is a process used to purify the blood by removing harmful substances from the body.
Symptoms of an overdose of Diabetamin
If you use too much of this medicine, it could lead to dangerous levels of the medicine in your body. In such cases, symptoms of an overdose may include:
- abnormal heart rate
- buildup of lactate in the body
- difficulty in breathing
- feeling of discomfort
- low blood pressure
- muscle pain
- reduced body temperature
- severe tiredness
- stomach pain
Precautions while using Diabetamin
Before you use Diabetamin, tell your doctor of your medical and health history including the following:
- abnormal functioning of the kidney
- abnormal functioning of the liver
- heart failure
- high acid level in the body (long-term metabolic acidosis)
- high ketone acids in the blood (diabetic ketoacidosis)
- patients taking iodinated contrast agents through arteries
- prior exposure to surgery
- severe infection heart attack
Taking Diabetamin in patients with alcoholism, abnormal functioning of kidney and liver may lead to the buildup of lactate in the body. Also, the use of Diabetamin before or at the time of surgery may increase the risk for fluid loss, low blood pressure, and abnormal functioning of the kidney.
Before you use Diabetamin Tablet, discuss with your doctor if you are allergic to it or its ingredients. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medicine and update your medical records to record this information.
Before having surgery during the use of Diabetamin, discuss with your doctor and dentist about the medicinal products you use including prescription/non-prescription/herbal medicines.
The use of this medicine may change hematologic parameters (hemoglobin/hematocrit and red blood cell). Patients using this medicine may experience red blood cell deficiency.
Use in Pregnancy
The use of Diabetamin is known to be not safe for use in pregnant women. If you are planning to become pregnant or are currently pregnant, you should discuss with your doctor the potential impact of this medicine on the baby before you start to using it.
Use while Breastfeeding
The use of Diabetamin Tablet is not safe for use in women who are breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding a baby, discuss with your doctor if you should either discontinue breastfeeding or stop using this medicine while breastfeeding. This medicine may pass into breast milk.
Use while Conceiving
Consult with your doctor on the use of Diabetamin, if you are trying to conceive.
Limit drinking alcohol with Diabetamin. Drinking alcohol may cause buildup of lactate in the body.
Side-effects in Older Patients
Diabetamin Tablet may cause increased incidence of side-effects in older patients. Elderly patients may see an increased risk of build up of lactate in the body.
What precautions should be taken during Pregnancy and Nursing, and administering Diabetamin to Children or the Older Adults?
Contraindicated or Not Recommended
Warning: There is no clinical data available in pregnant women.
Only When Necessary
Warning: Use this medicine only if the potential benefit outweighs the risk to infant during breastfeeding.
Younger Adults Population
No Known Risk
Warning: This medicine should not be used in children below 10 years due to lack of safety data.
Older Adults Population
Warning: Usually, a low dose of Diabetamin should be started in elderly patients to avoid the risk of the build-up of lactate in the body.
The following side-effects may commonly occur when using Diabetamin Tablet. If any of these side-effects worsen or last for a long time, you should consult with your doctor:
- loss of appetite
- stomach discomfort
- stomach pain
- taste disturbance
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