Glyset (Miglitol) Dosage and Side Effects
GLYSET is used to treat type 2 diabetes. GLYSET is a glucosidase inhibitor. It works by slowing the absorption of sugars in the small intestine.
Proper Use of this medication
GLYSET comes as a tablet to take by mouth. Your dose will depend on your medical condition and other factors.
The medicine is usually taken three times a day at the beginning of a meal (with the first bite of food).
If you're skipping a meal, skip the GLYSET as well so that you avoid hypoglycemia.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't take more or less GLYSET than is recommended.
Symptoms of a GLYSET overdose may include:
- Persistent diarrhea, gas, or stomach pain
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of GLYSET
If you miss a dose of GLYSET, skip it and return to your regular dosing schedule.
Don't take two doses of this medicine to make up for a missed one.
Common Side Effects of GLYSET
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Stomach pain
Serious Side Effects of GLYSET
Tell your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms listed in the GLYSET Warnings section above, or any of the following serious side effects:
- Bloody stools
- Severe or persistent diarrhea, constipation, or nausea
- Severe stomach pain or bloating
- Signs of a severe allergic reaction (may include rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, or swelling of the face, mouth, lips, or tongue)
Warnings and Precautions
Before taking GLYSET, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Chronic intestinal disease
- An intestinal obstruction
- Kidney disease
- Liver problems
- Allergies to medications
Tell your healthcare provider you're taking this medicine before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure.
This drug should be combined with a healthy diet and exercise to control your blood sugar. Be sure to carefully follow the lifestyle plan that your doctor recommends.
Illnesses, injuries, or unusual stress can affect your blood sugar levels. They may also influence how much GLYSET you need to take. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these conditions.
Changes in blood sugar may occur during your treatment with GLYSET. You should know the symptoms of high and low blood sugar episodes, and what to do if you experience them.
Signs of low blood sugar may include:
- Pale skin
- Feeling shaky
- Trouble concentrating
Signs of high blood sugar may include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Dry mouth
- Fruity breath odor
- Dry skin
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
Your doctor will probably want to check your blood sugar regularly while you're taking GLYSET. Keep all appointments with your doctor and laboratory.
Always wear a diabetic ID bracelet to be sure you get proper treatment in case of an emergency.
GLYSET should be used with extreme caution in children.
Pregnancy and GLYSET
GLYSET should only be used when clearly needed during pregnancy.
Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking GLYSET. You'll need to discuss the risks and benefits of using this drug during pregnancy.
GLYSET passes into breastmilk. Don't breastfeed a baby while taking this medicine.
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Other medications for diabetes, including insulin
- Digestive enzymes, including Viokace, Pancreaze, or Ultresa (pancrelipase)
- Lanoxin (digoxin)
- Inderal (propranolol)
- Zantac (ranitidine)
- Activated charcoal
GLYSET and Alcohol
Alcohol can affect your blood sugar levels.
Don't drink alcoholic beverages while taking GLYSET without first discussing it with your doctor.
GLYSET and Other Interactions
You may experience dizziness due to changes in blood sugar while taking this medicine.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other activities that require alertness.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.