Gliquidone helps to treat your diabetes by keeping your blood sugar in control. Gliquidone stimulates the pancreas to release insulin which helps lower the high blood sugar level that occurs after each meal.
Gliquidone is meant to be taken as part of a complete diabetes care programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.
Take Gliquidone exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Gliquidone must be taken regularly for it to work well. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
Take Gliquidone with food.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Gliquidone may not be suitable for you if you suffer from heart, liver, kidney, adrenal or pituitary disease.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Gliquidone.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Gliquidone
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to a type of medicine known as sulphonamides. Some examples of sulphonamides include an antibiotic called co-trimoxazole (often known as Septrim or Bactrim) and another medicine called sulfasalazine.
You may have been warned about hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. It is important for you to recognise the symptoms of hypoglycaemia and correct the low blood sugar level. If you don't, you may faint.
How do I know if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?
Some of the symptoms of hypoglycaemia include dizziness, tremor, shaky hands, feeling hungry, weakness or confusion and problem speaking. These symptoms are your body's way of warning you that your blood sugar is dangerously low.
What should I do if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?
You should take a drink or food containing sugar in it at the first sign of hypoglycaemia. If your symptoms do not improve get medical help. Always carry some glucose tablets (also known as dextrose tablets) with you at all times.
You may experience some stomach discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion or diarrhoea.
Gliquidone may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Alert your doctor if you develop rashes, especially if the rash is severe or does not go away.
You may gain some weight while being treated with Gliquidone.
A type of blood pressure or heart medicine called beta blockers may hide the symptoms of hypoglycaemia when taken with Gliquidone. Some examples of beta-blockers are metoprolol, atenolol and propranolol.
Inform your doctor if you are taking antifungal medicines such as ketoconazole or itraconazole, or a type of blood pressure or heart medicine called hydrochlorothiazide.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
It is important for you to maintain a healthy diet and weight in order to help keep your diabetes under control.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.