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.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.
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:
Abdominal or stomach pain
black, tarry stools
continuing stomach pain
decreased urine output
fast or irregular heartbeat
loss of appetite
muscle pain or cramps
nausea or vomiting
rapid weight gain
shortness of breath
swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
unpleasant breath odor
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of blood
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
back, leg, or stomach pains
blood in the urine or stools
cool, pale skin
cough or hoarseness
difficulty with breathing
fever with or without chills
fluid-filled skin blisters
general body swelling
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
lower back or side pain
painful or difficult urination
pinpoint red spots on the skin
sensitivity to the sun
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
swollen or painful glands
tightness in the chest
unusual bleeding or bruising
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:
passing of gas
Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
cracks in the skin
loss of heat from the body
red, irritated eyes
red, swollen skin
Incidence not known
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.