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.
Common and Rare Side Effects
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:
cool, pale skin
unusual tiredness or weakness
bloody or cloudy urine
difficult, burning, or painful urination
frequent urge to urinate
lower back or side pain
Incidence not known
Back, leg, or stomach pains
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
difficulty with breathing
general body swelling
general tiredness and weakness
itching or rash
joint or muscle pain
loss of appetite
pains in the side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
unpleasant breath odor
upper right abdominal or stomach pain
vomiting of blood
yellow eyes or skin
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:
Body aches or pain
difficulty with moving
loss of voice
pain in the joints
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
stuffy or runny nose
tightness of the chest
Acid or sour stomach
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
cough producing mucus
Incidence not known
Hair loss or thinning of the hair
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.