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Avoid Diakit 4 kit with grapefruit juice.
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Taking metformin with alcohol may cause lactic acidosis and you may experience malaise, respiratory distress, slow or irregular heartbeat, somnolence, abdominal upset, or other unusual symptoms.
Taking glimepiride with alcohol may affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
Taking Atorvastatin with alcohol may increase the risk of liver damage.
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Diakit 4 kit is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the foetus. Please consult your doctor.
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Diakit 4 kit is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
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SALT INFORMATION FOR DIAKIT 4

Metformin(1 mg)

Uses

Metformin is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

How it works

Metformin restores the body's ability to use insulin, lowering the blood sugar levels. Metformin also lowers the amount of glucose absorbed from food into the intestines and lowers the glucose production in the liver.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Altered taste, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea, Loss of appetite
Glimepiride(500 mg)

Uses

Glimepiride is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

How it works

Glimepiride increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas, which in turn lowers the blood glucose levels.

Common side effects

Fall in blood sugar level, Nausea, Headache, Dizziness
Atorvastatin(10 mg)

Uses

Atorvastatin is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels in blood, increased triglycerides levels in blood and increased LDL levels in blood

How it works

Atorvastatin block an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. As a result, it lowers the level of cholesterol in the body.

Common side effects

Headache, Nausea, Joint pain, Muscle pain, Allergic reaction, Dyspepsia, Nasopharyngitis, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Constipation, Increased liver enzymes, Joint swelling, Increased glucose level in blood, Increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level in blood
Ramipril(NA)

Uses

Ramipril is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure , heart failure, heart attack and diabetic kidney disease

How it works

Ramipril relax the blood vessels which lower the blood pressure and also reduce the workload of the heart. As a result, the heart works more efficiently.

Common side effects

Breathlessness, Headache, Dizziness, Fainting, Blurred vision, Increased heart rate, Weakness, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Allergic reaction, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Irregular heart rate, Fatigue, Angina pectoris, Diarrhoea, Depression, Cough, Altered taste, Chest pain

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Expert advice FOR DIAKIT 4

  • Metformin is generally prescribed in newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet alone or a diet along with exercise. Planned diet and exercising are always important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking antidiabetic medicines. 
  • Metformin does not help patients who have type 1 diabetes.
  • Metformin should be stopped for at least 2 days after a surgery or a radiological test done using dyes.
  • It is best to take Metformin after meals to minimize nausea, indigestion or diarrhea. Unlike some other diabetes medicines, Metformin doesn't cause any weight gain or lower blood sugar levels.
  • This is the only oral diabetes medicine that lowers complications and deaths in conditions related to diabetes. Low blood sugar is life-threatening. Low blood sugar may develop due to:
    Delay or missing a scheduled meals or snacks.
    Exercising more than usual.
    Drinking a significant amount of alcohol.
    Using too much insulin.
    Sickness ( vomiting or diarrhea).
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar (alarming signs) are fast heartbeat, sweating, cool pale skin, feeling shaky, confusion or irritability, headache, nausea, and nightmares. Make sure that you have access to quick-acting sugar sources that treat low blood sugar. Consuming some form of quick-acting sugars immediately after the appearance of the symptoms will prevent the low blood sugar levels from worsening.
  • Consuming alcohol may increase the chance of severe low blood sugar.

Frequently asked questions FOR DIAKIT 4

Metformin

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What is metformin?
Metformin is an antidiabetic drug used to control high blood sugar levels in newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, along with modifications in diet and exercise.

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Is metformin safe?
Metformin is generally safe if taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

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Can I take metformin forever?
Metformin should be taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

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Is metformin a sulfonylurea?
No, metformin is not a sulfonylurea.

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Is metformin a steroid?
No, metformin is not a steroid.

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Is metformin taken before meals?
It is preferred to take metformin with food.

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Is metformin safe in pregnancy or contraindicated?
No relevant data is available for use of metformin in pregnancy. Animal studies do not indicate any harmful effect. Please consult your doctor before taking metformin during pregnancy.

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Is metformin safe for weight loss?
Metformin is not indicated for weight loss.

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Is metformin good for fatty liver?r
Metformin is not indicated for the treatment of fatty liver.

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Can I take metformin without food?
It is better to take metformin with food.

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Can I take metformin with alcohol?
Taking metformin with alcohol may cause lactic acidosis and you may experience malaise, respiratory distress, slow or irregular heartbeat, somnolence, abdominal upset, or other unusual symptom. It is better to avoid taking alcohol while you are taking metformin.

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Can I take metformin with atorvastatin?
Yes, metformin can be taken with atorvastatin. There are no interactions defined between the two medicines. However, it does not mean it does not exist. Always consult your doctor before using the two medicines together.

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Can I take metformin with phentermine?
Metformin can be taken with phentermine. No interactions have been reported between them. However, it may exist. Always consult your doctor before using the two medicines together.

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Can I take metformin with food?
Yes, metformin can be taken with food. It is preferred to take metformin with food.

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Can I take metformin with levothyroxine?
Metformin can be taken with levothyroxine. No interactions have been reported between metformin and levothyroxine. However, it may exist. Always consult your doctor before using the two medicines together.

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Can I take metformin with prednisone or prednisolone?
Always consult your doctor before taking metformin with prednisone as it may decreases the effect of metformin and high blood sugar levels have been seen in some patients and it is recommended to monitor the blood glucose level regularly.

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Can I take metformin with metoprolol?
Use of metformin and metoprolol should be avoided at the same time. If you are taking these two medicines together you may experience confusion, dizziness, faster heart beat, tremors (shaking) and increased sweating. Please consult your doctor before taking them together.

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Does metformin clear acne?
Metformin is not indicated for clearing acne.

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Does metformin affect your period?
No, metformin does not affect your periods. In case you experience abnormalities in your periods while taking metformin, please consult your doctor.

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Does metformin cause hair loss?
No, hair loss has not been reported with metformin. In case you experience hair loss while taking metformin, please consult your doctor.

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Does metformin cause weight gain?
No, weight gain has not been reported with metformin.

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Does metformin reduce weight?
Yes, metformin may reduce weight. Please consult your doctor, if there is an unexpected weight loss along with tiredness and feeling of being sick.

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Does metformin cause hypoglycemia?
Metformin alone does not cause hypoglycemia, although caution is needed when taking it along with other anti-diabetic drugs like sulfonylureas and insulin.

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Does metformin cause constipation?
Constipation has not been reported with metformin. Please consult your doctor if you experience constipation while taking metformin.

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Does metformin increase blood pressure?
No metformin does not cause an increase in blood pressure. But caution should be taken when taking any medicines for the treatment of high blood pressure.

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Can I take metformin for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?
Metformin is not a first line treatment of choice in the management of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). the first aim for women with PCOS who are overweight is to make lifestyle changes with a combination of diet and exercise in order to lose weight and improve ovarian function. Please consult your doctor before taking metformin for PCOS.

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Can I take metformin for weight loss?
No, metformin is not indicated for weight loss although it may reduce the weight of obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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How long can I take metformin for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?
Metformin should be taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration only as advised by your doctor. Also refer to the question above.

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Can I take metformin for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) while pregnant?
No relevant data is available for use of metformin in pregnancy. Animal studies do not indicate any harmful effect. Please consult your doctor before taking metformin during pregnancy. Also refer to the question above.

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How long can I take metformin for?
Metformin should be taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration only as advised by your doctor.

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Is metformin an insulin?
No, metformin is not an insulin.

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Is metformin a banned drug?
No, metformin is not a banned drug.

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Is metformin a birth control pill?
No, metformin is not a birth control pill.

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Is metformin a statin?
No, metformin is not a statin.

Glimepiride

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Is glimepiride a generic drug?
Yes, glimepiride is a generic drug sold under several pharmaceutical brand names (Amaryl, Zoryl, etc.)

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Can I take glimepiride with metformin or insulin?
Glimepiride may be given in combination with metformin and/or insulin depending on your medical condition and as prescribed by the doctor

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Does glimepiride cause fluctuations in weight,diarrhea, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, swelling, constipation?
Glimepiride is reported to cause low blood sugar level,weight gain, and swelling, but is not reported to cause diarrhea, constipation, hair loss, or erectile dysfunction

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Is glimepiride a fast acting sulfa drug?
Glimepiride is a medium- to long-acting sulfonylurea drug against type 2 diabetes mellitus (action lasts for 24 hours). Its maximum effect is seen after 2-3 hours of drug intake

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Is glimepiride same as glipizide, glyburide, metformin, or insulin?
They are not same. Glimepiride, glipizide and glyburide belong to the same class of drugs called sulfonylureas. Metformin belong to class called biguanides.Glimepiride causes release of insulin but it is not insulin.It should only be used if no other alternative drug is available. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.

Atorvastatin

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What is tonact tg/ tonact 10/ tonact 40/ tonact 20/ storvas 10/ storvas 20/ lipikind/ atorlip/ atorlip-20?
Atorvastatin (also available as tonact tg/ tonact 10/ tonact 40/ tonact 20/ storvas 10/ storvas 20/ lipikind/ atorlip/ atorlip-20) belong to group of medications called statins (lipid-lowering agents) or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. It acts by blocking the enzyme HMG CoA reductase and formation of cholesterol, thus, lowering the blood lipid levels.

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Is atorvastatin same as simvastatin/ pravastatin?
Atorvastatin and simvastatin/ pravastatin belong to same class of medication called as HMG CoA reductase inhibitor (or statins) with similar action but their effect may vary upon individual response

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Is atorvastatin diuretic/ beta blocker/ ace inhibitor?
No. Atorvastatin belongs to class of medication called as HMG CoA reductase inhibitor or statins

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It atorvastatin gluten free?
Yes. It is gluten free. Please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use

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Is it a blood thinner?
No. it is a lipid lowering drug

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Is atorvastatin better than simvastatin/ pravastatin?
Atorvastatin and simvastatin/ pravastatin belong to same category of medications with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.

Ramipril

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Is ramipril a diuretic?
No, ramipril is not a diuretic It belongs to a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors), mainly used to reduce high blood pressure

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Is ramipril safe?
Ramipril is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

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Is ramipril or cardace a calcium channel blocker/alpha blocker/ beta blocker?
No, ramipril or cardace is an ACE inhibitor and shows no known effects on calcium channels or alpha receptors or beta receptors

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Is ramipril a nitrate or a statin?
Ramipril is neither a nitrate nor a statin. It is an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure

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What are Cardace / Ramistar/Hopace used for?
Cardace, Ramistar, Hopace are all trade names for the active drug ramipril. Ramipril is an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure

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Can I take ramipril with simvastatin/amlodipine/ Viagra/naproxen/prednisolone/ metformin/ Sudafed (pseudoephedrine-decongestant preparation)?
There are no known serious drug interactions between ramipril when taken with simvastatin/ amlodipine/ Viagra/naproxen/prednisolone/ metformin/Sudafed. However, consult your doctor about all medications currently taken before starting and while on ramipril

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Can I take ramipril with ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen can be taken with ramipril, however, it is known that ibuprofen and other NSAIDs may reduce the antihypertensive effects of ramipril. Consult your doctor about any medications currently taken before starting and while on ramipril

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Does ramipril cause coughing?
Yes, non-productive tickling cough, is one of the common side effects or ramipril

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Does ramipril cause frequent urination?
No, ramipril has no known effect on increasing the frequency of urination. It may rarely increase the urine output but not affect the frequency of urination

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Does ramipril cause itching?
Yes, ramipril may cause itching of skin. It is not very commonly observed

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Does ramipril cause an increase in potassium levels in the blood?
Yes, increased potassium levels is one a common side effects of ramipril

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Does ramipril cause depression?
Yes, ramipril may cause depression; however, it is not very commonly observed

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Does ramipril thin the blood?
No. ramipril has no known effect on blood thinning

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Is ramipril available in India?
Yes, ramipril is available in India with more than 100 brand names.

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Content on this page was last updated on 03 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)