Prandin "Oral Hypoglycemic Agent"
Why do I need Prandin?
Prandin is one of six types of diabetes pills currently available to treat type 2 diabetes.
Remember, the cornerstone of diabetes control remains unchanged: it is important to follow a meal plan and get plenty of exercise. Diabetes pills are simply another tool to help you manage your blood glucose.
How does Prandin work?
Prandin works to lower blood glucose by:
- Helping the pancreas produce more insulin
Guidelines for use
- Take your dose 0-30 minutes before the meal.
- If you skip a meal, skip your dose. If you add a meal, add a dose before that meal. Be sure to clarify dosing with your healthcare provider.
What should I do if I forget to take my dose?
If you have forgotten to take your Prandin dose, skip the dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Write down that you missed the dose in your record book. Do not take 2 doses at the next meal.
Can I take Prandin with other medications?
Most medications interact safely with Prandin. Some antifungal medications and antibiotics however, may effect the action of Prandin. Always remind your healthcare provider what medicines you are taking and when there is a change in your medications. This will help ensure the combinations are safe. When started on a new medication, ask your healthcare provider if the new medication will affect your diabetes.
What are the side effects of Prandin?
Low blood glucose or hypoglycemia is the most common side effect.
Who should NOT take Prandin?
- The safety of using Prandin in pregnancy has not been established. Women using Prandin who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should tell their healthcare provider immediately so the right medication can be prescribed.
- People with type 1 diabetes.
- Some people with kidney or liver disease may need a dose adjustment.
How will I know if it is working?
Check your blood glucose at the times specified by your healthcare team. If your blood glucose or A1C is within target most of the time, the dose is working. If not, review the amount and types of food eaten or if you have forgotten to take the prescribed dose of your medication. If blood glucose remains high, contact your healthcare provider. A change in dose may be needed.
Page last updated: December 12, 2013