What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
A test called the HbA1C (A1C) will be monitored. This is a simple blood test. It measures your blood sugar control over the last 2 to 3 months. You will receive this test every 3 to 6 months.
Learn how to check your blood sugar. Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar and how to manage them.
Always carry a quick-source of sugar with you in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Examples include hard sugar candy or glucose tablets. Make sure others know that you can choke if you eat or drink when you develop serious symptoms of low blood sugar, such as seizures or unconsciousness. They must get medical help at once.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if you have high blood sugar. You might need to change the dose of your medicine. If you are sick or exercising more than usual, you might need to change the dose of your medicine.
Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.
Interactions with Medications
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
bloody or cloudy urine
decreased frequency or amount of urine
difficult, burning, or painful urination
discharge with a strong odor from the penis
frequent urge to urinate
itching of the vagina or outside of the genitals
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
pain during sexual intercourse
pain in the skin around the penis
redness, itching, or swelling of the penis
swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
unusual tiredness or weakness
vaginal discharge without odor or with mild odor
cool, pale skin
fast or irregular heartbeat
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
redness of the skin
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
weakness or heaviness of the legs
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
lack or loss of strength
pain or swelling in the arms or legs without an injury
Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
redness or other discoloration of the skin
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.