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Pioglitazone/Glimepiride

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Indications

Duetact is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It combines two drugs, pioglitazone and glimepiride, to help control blood sugar levels. Pioglitazone is a thiazolidinedione that helps reduce insulin resistance, while glimepiride is a sulfonylurea that stimulates insulin production in the pancreas.

Duetact helps to lower high blood sugar and prevent complications of diabetes. Duetact can cause low blood sugar, so patients should carry glucose tablets or other fast-acting sugars to treat low blood sugar if needed and inform their doctor if they experience any symptoms of low blood sugar. Duetact is typically prescribed along with a healthy diet and exercise regimen to manage blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Use and Dosage

Duetact Tablet is available in tablet form and given orally. Take Pioglitazone/Glimepiride orally, typically once daily with the first main meal of the day, or as instructed by your doctor. And for the given paragraph, you can summarize it as:

The recommended dosage for Pioglitazone/Glimepiride may vary depending on a patient's medical condition, age, and other factors. However, the starting dose is usually 1 tablet per day, containing 15 milligrams of pioglitazone and 1 milligram of glimepiride. The dosage may be adjusted by a doctor as needed. It is recommended to take the medication by mouth, usually once daily with the first main meal of the day, or as directed by a doctor.

To get the most out of Pioglitazone/Glimepiride, take it regularly at the same time daily, and monitor your blood sugar regularly and inform your doctor of the results. It may take a few months before you fully benefit from the drug. When switching to Pioglitazone/Glimepiride from individual diabetes drugs, be cautious of low blood sugar and follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Additionally, taking colesevelam may reduce the absorption of glimepiride, so you should take this medication at least four hours before coal-sevelam.

Side Effects

Common Side Effects of Duetact (Pioglitazone/Glimepiride):

  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Sinus pain
  • Sneezing and
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose

Serious Side Effects of Duetact (Pioglitazone/Glimepiride):

  • Burning eyes
  • Changes in your vision
  • Dark urine
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Loss of appetite
  • New or worsening urge to urinate
  • Painful or difficult urination
  • Pink or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling
  • Pink or red urine
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling
  • Shortness of breath (even while laying down)
  • Skin pain
  • Sore throat
  • Sudden unusual pain in your hand arm or foot
  • Swelling in your legs or feet
  • Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat
  • Tiredness
  • Upper stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)

Forms and Strength

Duetact (Pioglitazone/Glimepiride) is available in the following forms and strength:

Pioglitazone/Glimepiride: Tablet

  • 15/1mg

Cautions

  • Low blood sugar: Duetact can cause low blood sugar, especially when combined with other blood sugar-lowering medications, such as insulin. Patients should carry glucose tablets or other fast-acting sugars to treat low blood sugar if needed and inform their doctor if they experience any symptoms of low blood sugar.
  • Heart failure: Duetact may increase the risk of heart failure, particularly in patients with a history of heart disease. Patients should inform their doctor if they experience symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, swelling of the feet and legs, or sudden weight gain.
  • Liver problems: Duetact may cause liver problems, including an increase in liver enzymes and liver failure. Patients with liver disease should be monitored closely while taking Duetact.
  • Bladder cancer: Pioglitazone, one of the components of Duetact, has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. Patients with a history of bladder cancer or other predisposing factors should inform their doctor before taking Duetact.
  • Hypersensitivity reactions: Duetact can cause allergic reactions in some patients. Patients should inform their doctor immediately if they experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing.
  • Edema: Pioglitazone, one of the components of Duetact, may cause fluid retention, which can lead to swelling (edema) and weight gain. Patients who experience these symptoms while taking Duetact should inform their doctor.
  • Bone fractures: Long-term use of drugs like pioglitazone may increase the risk of bone fractures, particularly in women. Patients should inform their doctor if they experience unexplained bone pain or have a history of osteoporosis.
  • Vision problems: Duetact may cause changes in vision, including blurred vision or decreased visual acuity. Patients who experience these symptoms should inform their doctor.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Duetact is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Patients who are pregnant or nursing should inform their doctor before taking Duetact.
  • Interactions with other medications: Duetact may interact with other medications, such as birth control pills, blood thinners, or antifungal medications. Patients should inform their doctor about all medications they are taking before starting Duetact.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What should I do if I miss a dose of Duetact?

If you miss a dose of Duetact, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What should I do if I experience low blood sugar while taking Duetact?

If you experience symptoms of low blood sugar, such as sweating, dizziness, or shakiness, you should consume a source of glucose, such as a candy or a sugary drink, and inform your healthcare provider.

How long does it take for Duetact to start working?

Duetact typically starts to lower blood sugar levels within the first few days of starting treatment. However, it may take up to several weeks to achieve maximum benefits.

Can I take Duetact if I have liver or kidney problems?

Patients with liver or kidney problems should discuss the risks and benefits of taking Duetact with their doctor before starting treatment.

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Generic name:

Pioglitazone/Glimepiride

Formulation:

Tablet

Strength(s):

15/1mg

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