Starlix, also known by the generic drug name Nateglinide, is a prescription brand name medication for treating type 2 diabetes. Nateglinide, the main active ingredient in Starlix, is a type of medication known as meglitindides. Medications that fall under this category work to produce more insulin in the body by stimulating the pancreas to secrete more insulin. Insulin is a natural and vital substance that enables the body to properly use sugar from the foods you eat.
Meglitinides work similarly to another class of type 2 diabetes drugs known as sulfonylureas, but meglitinides, like nateglinide, are faster acting and the duration of their effect in the body lasts for a shorter period of time.
In short, Starlix helps to control high blood sugar, which can help prevent kidney damage, nerve problems, blindness, sexual function problems, loss of limbs, etc. Moreover, properly managing diabetes can also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. This medication is often prescribed along dietary, lifestyle and behavioral changes. It may also be prescribed in combination with other diabetes medications.
Starlix is an oral medication and should be taken exactly as has been directed by your healthcare provider. To ensure that you receive the proper dosage, it is important that you are honest with your doctor and tell him or her about your previous and current medical history. You should also inform him or her if you are pregnant, nursing or are planning on becoming pregnant. Furthermore, your doctor should be told about any medication you may currently be taking. This includes prescription medications, non-prescription medications and herbal products.
This information, along with a few other factors (e.g. your age and the severity of your diabetes), will help your doctor prescribe an appropriate dose for your specific condition. If you should ever feel that your dosage should be changed, do not alter your dose or stop taking the medication without first consulting your doctor.
In terms of side effects, the most common side effect associated with Starlix is weight gain. If this is a problem that persists or worsens, let your doctor know right away. Other, and less common side effects include, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include dizziness, shakiness, chills, cold sweat, headache, fainting, etc. Hypergylcemia symptoms include thirst, confusion, increased urination, rapid breathing and fruity breath odor.
If you should experience these or any other symptoms while taking Starlix, contact your doctor immediately.