DIAKIT 4 KIT

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Medicine Overview of DIAKIT 4 KIT

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Uses of Metformin

Metformin is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
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Side effects of Metformin

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Nausea, Vomiting, Altered taste, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Loss of appetite.

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How to use Metformin

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label before use.

How DIAKIT 4 KIT works

Metformin is an anti-diabetic medicine. It restores the body's ability to use insulin, lowering the blood sugar levels. It also decreases the amount of glucose absorbed from food in the intestine and decreases glucose production in the liver.
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Uses of Glimepiride

Glimepiride is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
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Side effects of Glimepiride

Common

Hypoglycemia (Low blood sugar level), Nausea, Headache, Dizziness.

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How to use Glimepiride

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label before use.

How DIAKIT 4 KIT works

Glimepiride is an anti-diabetic medication. It works by increasing the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower the blood glucose.
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Uses of Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels in blood, increased triglycerides levels in blood and increased ldl levels in blood.
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Side effects of Atorvastatin

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Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Allergic reaction, Headache, Nausea, Dyspepsia, Nasopharyngitis, Increased liver enzymes, Increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level in blood, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Constipation, Joint swelling, Increased glucose level in blood.

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How to use Atorvastatin

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label before use.

How DIAKIT 4 KIT works

Atorvastatin blocks 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.
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Uses of Ramipril

Ramipril is used in the treatment of hypertension, heart failure, heart attack and diabetic kidney disease.
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Side effects of Ramipril

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Decreased blood pressure, Cough, Increased potassium level in blood, Fatigue, Weakness, Dizziness, Renal impairment.

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How to use Ramipril

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label before use.

How DIAKIT 4 KIT works

Ramipril relaxes the blood vessels which lowers the blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart. As a result, the heart works more efficiently.

In Depth Information on DIAKIT 4 KIT

Expert advice for Metformin

  • Well tolerated antidiabetic medicine with a low risk of weight gain and hypoglycemia.
  • Can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal. Get blood sugar levels checked at regular intervals and always keep a source of sugar with you for quick relief.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a kidney disease. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Take it with food to avoid stomach upset like nausea, gas, stomach pain and diarrhea. However, this usually gets relieved on its own. Contact your doctor if it persists for a long time.
  • Can cause Vitamin B12 deficiency and symptoms of anemia like tiredness, pale skin, shortness of breath or headache. Inform your doctor as you may need supplements.

Expert advice for Glimepiride

  • Glimepiride should be taken with food.
  • You may get symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) with Glimepiride. Symptoms are dizziness, nausea, tremor, sweating or confusion.
  • The risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) may increase if you miss or delay the meal, consume alcohol or use antidiabetic medication like insulin.
  • In most cases, the symptoms will quickly vanish if you take some kind of sugar (sugar candy/cubes).
  • It should be avoided or used with caution if you are also taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), alcohol, β-blockers and ACE inhibitors.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Do not change the dose without consulting your doctor.

Expert advice for Atorvastatin

  • Take Atorvastatin only as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Atorvastatin, it may worsen the adverse effects of this medicine on the liver.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience unexplained muscle pain or weakness, which can lead to serious kidney problems. 
  • Do not take Niacin with Atorvastatin. Niacin may increase Atorvastatin's side effects on the muscles, which can lead to serious kidney problems. 
  • Notify the doctor that you are taking this medicine before undergoing any kind of surgery.
  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or are planning to become pregnant during the administration of this medicine.

Expert advice for Ramipril

  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or planning to become pregnant during the administration of this medicine.
  • Notify the doctor if you have signs of recurrent infections (sore throat, chills, fever), these may be signs of neutropenia (unusually low number of cells called neutrophils, a type of white blood cells).   
  • Ramipril should be discontinued a day prior to any surgery.
  • Notify your doctor if you have rapid swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat that may affect breathing. This may occur in 1 out of 100 patients taking the Ramipril.
  • Your doctor may recommend a change in the lifestyle to lower your blood pressure. It may include
    • Consume fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and reduce saturated-total fat.
    • Reduce daily dietary sodium intake as much as possible, ideally to 65 mmol/day (1.5 g/day sodium or 3.8 g/day sodium chloride).
    • Regular aerobic physical activity (at least 30 minutes/day, most days of the week).
     
  • A persistent dry cough is common with Ramipril. Notify the doctor if the cough becomes bothersome. Do not take any cough medicines.
  • Ramipril may cause dizziness in the first few days of starting the treatment, especially after the first dose. To avoid this, take the Ramipril at bedtime, drink plenty of water and get up slowly after sitting or lying down.
  •   Avoid driving if you feel dizzy after consuming Ramipril.
  • Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
Warnings
Special precautions for DIAKIT 4 KIT
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Alcohol
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Taking metformin with alcohol can cause lactic acidosis and you may experience malaise, respiratory distress, slow or irregular heartbeat, sleepiness, stomach upset, or other unusual symptoms.

Alcohol intake may increase or decrease the blood sugar lowering action in an unpredictable way
Taking Atorvastatin with alcohol may increase the risk of liver damage.
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Pregnancy
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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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Lactation
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Diakit 4 kit is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
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Driving
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Patients should be advised to take precautions to avoid hypoglycaemia whilst driving.

It is not advisable to drive or operate machinery for several hours.
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Kidney
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Use of this medicine should be avoided in patients with moderate to severe kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.

Should be used cautiously in patients with an underlying kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Caution to be advised in patients with impaired renal function.
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Liver
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Should be used cautiously in patients with an underlying liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for DIAKIT 4 KIT

Frequently asked questions for Metformin

Q. Is metformin helpful in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?
Metformin is commonly used off-label for the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It regulates ovulation and androgen levels in the body which improves menstrual cycles and pregnancy rates and outcomes in these patients. It also improves the insulin sensitivity and prevents the development of gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus commonly seen in these patients.
Q. How does metformin help in weight loss?
Metformin helps in weight loss by decreasing hunger (appetite) and hence food intake. It makes the insulin already available in your body to work more effectively. This leads to decrease glucose production, increase glucose use and decreased fat deposits which further helps to lower body weight. However, it is not yet approved for weight loss, this is an off-label use.
Q. Is metformin useful in the treatment of infertility?
Metformin is commonly used off-label for the treatment of infertility associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It regulates ovulation and androgen levels in the body and improves menstrual regularity and pregnancy rates and outcomes. This beneficial effect is thought to be due to improvement in insulin resistance by metformin.
Q. Does metformin cause low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)?
Metformin can lower blood sugar level (hypoglycemia). It happens more often if you delay or miss your food, do more than your routine exercise, drink alcohol or take other antidiabetic medicine along with. So, regular monitoring of blood sugar level is important and be cautious of symptoms of hypoglycemia and always keep glucose tablets, honey or fruit juice with you.
Q. Can I take metformin forever?
Metformin is generally a safe and well-tolerated drug even on long-term use. However, its long-term use can cause vitamin B12 deficiency leading to anemia and peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage). so, it should be taken only at prescribed doses for the duration as advised by the doctor.
Q. Is metformin a sulfonylurea?
No, metformin is not a sulfonylurea. It is an antidiabetic drug used to control high blood sugar levels in newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, along with modification in diet and exercise.
Q. Is metformin a steroid?
No, metformin is not a steroid. It 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.
Q. Does metformin cause bloating?
Metformin commonly causes stomach upset like bloating (heavy and uncomfortable feeling in the stomach), nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. To avoid these side effects, it is advised to be taken after meals, preferably started at a low dose and then increased slowly over weeks, or by using slow-release tablets.
Q. Is metformin good for fatty liver?
Metformin is seen to be beneficial in the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). One of the underlying cause of NAFLD is insulin resistance. Metformin improves insulin resistance and liver enzymes in these patients. It is not seen to benefit patients of alcoholic fatty liver disease and is usually avoided in patients with liver cirrhosis as they are at an increased risk of lactic acidosis.
Q. What is the benefit of combining metformin with coenzyme q10?
Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that helps in energy production and is found in heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas (which produces insulin). It can repair the damage caused to these organs by free radicals. Low levels of CoQ10 are seen in patients with diabetes. So, some researchers suggest it be given from outside. It can be taken with metformin as no drug-drug interactions or harmful effects have been seen between the two.
Q. Does metformin help in improving your menstrual cycle (periods)?
Yes, metformin does improve menstrual cycle (periods) regularity in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It is associated with insulin resistance, decreased ovulation, and high androgen levels which cause menstrual irregularities like delayed periods and scanty bleeding. Metformin helps in regularizing menstrual cycles by improving insulin sensitivity, ovulation rate, and decreasing androgen levels.
Q. Can I take metformin with atorvastatin?
Yes, metformin can be taken with atorvastatin. There are no reported harmful effects when they are used together. Rather some studies suggest beneficial effects in diabetics as they may prevent a very high increase in blood glucose after food, decrease some inflammation markers and protect the patients from liver injury.
Q. Can I take metformin with phentermine?
Metformin can be taken with phentermine. These are sometimes given together in obese patients who are also diabetic and are taking metformin along with exercise and diet modification. Phentermine decreases food intake by its action in the brain. However, phentermine can decrease the effect of metformin leading to very high blood glucose levels. So, a dose adjustment of metformin may be needed.
Q. Can I take metformin with levothyroxine?
Metformin can be taken with levothyroxine but the dose of metformin may need to be adjusted. Levothyroxine can decrease the effect of metformin leading to very high blood glucose levels. These are used together in patients with coexisting thyroid disease and diabetes mellitus or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Q. Can I take metformin with prednisone or prednisolone?
Metformin can be taken with prednisone but the dose of metformin may need to be adjusted. Prednisone can decrease the effect of metformin leading to very high blood glucose levels. Continuous use of steroids like prednisone can also cause diabetes known as glucocorticoid-induced diabetes and use of metformin is recommended in these patients.
Q. Can I take metformin with metoprolol?
Metformin can be taken with metoprolol. There are no reported drug interactions or harmful effects in humans when they are used together. However, some animal studies suggest that metoprolol can decrease the blood levels of metformin and on long-term use can increase lactic acid and uric acid levels.
Q. Does metformin clear acne?
Metformin is not indicated for clearing acne due to just any condition. It only helps in clearing acne in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) along with other problems like facial hair, abdominal obesity, and irregular menstruation.
Q. Does metformin cause hair loss?
No, hair loss has not been reported with metformin. It only helps in clearing facial hair (hirsutism) in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) along with other problems like acne, abdominal obesity, and irregular menstruation.
Q. Does metformin cause weight gain?
No, weight gain has not been reported with metformin. Rather it helps in decreasing weight especially abdominal fat patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus and in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) along with other problems like facial hair, acne, and irregular menstruation.
Q. Does metformin cause constipation?
Metformin is not known to cause constipation. Some common side effects associated with the use of metformin includes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, altered taste, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Q. Is metformin safe?
Metformin is a safe and well-tolerated drug even on long-term use when taken strictly as advised by the doctor. However, there are some very common side effects like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, altered taste, diarrhea, and loss of appetite you may experience even at therapeutic doses.
Q. Does metformin increase blood pressure?
Metformin is not known to increase blood pressure. Some common side effects associated with the use of metformin includes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, altered taste, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Q. Is metformin an insulin?
No, metformin is not an insulin. Metformin is an oral drug used in type 2 diabetes mellitus and lowers blood glucose levels by decreasing its production and increasing absorption and making the already available insulin in your body to work better. Insulin is a normally produced hormone in the body, used in the injectable form in the treatment of both type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus and it works by absorbing and storing glucose from the blood.
Q. Is metformin a banned drug?
No, metformin is not a banned drug. It is a prescription medicine and is available when prescribed by registered medical practitioner.
Q. Is metformin a birth control pill?
No, metformin is not a birth control pill. It is an antidiabetic drug used to control high blood sugar levels in newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, along with modification in diet and exercise.
Q. Is metformin a statin?
No, metformin is not a statin. It is an antidiabetic drug used to control high blood sugar levels in newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, along with modification in diet and exercise.
Q. Can I take metformin with saxagliptin?
Both metformin and saxagliptin are anti diabetic drugs and can be used together. Their fixed dose combinations are also available and commonly advised once metformin is unable to control blood sugar levels even after giving the maximum tolerated dose. As they work by different mechanisms, they help in better control of blood sugar levels compared to either drug taken alone.
Q. Does metformin cause blurry vision?
Metformin is not known to cause blurred vision. Change in vision in a patient with diabetes could be due to multiple reasons. It could be a temporary problem either due to high blood sugar levels which cause your lens inside your eye to swell and change your vision. If the blurred vision continues for a long time, consult a doctor.
Q. What is lactic acidosis and how is it related to metformin use?
Lactic acidosis is a rare, but serious complication associated with the use of metformin. Patient has high blood lactic acid levels and may present with tiredness, weakness, stomach pain, loose stools, severe muscle pain, muscle cramps and difficulty in breathing. It is especially seen in old age patients, those with kidney, liver or heart disease, or who take large amounts of alcohol. If you have these symptoms, stop taking metformin and consult your doctor.
Q. Is metformin use associated with liver pain?
Metformin is not known to cause any liver pain or damage. Rather, it is seen to be useful in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and chronic hepatitis C. However, it is usually avoided in patients with liver cirrhosis as they are at an increased risk of lactic acidosis which is a serious complication associated with the use of metformin.
Q. Does metformin make you feel high?
No, metformin does not elevate the mood or make you feel high. It is an antidiabetic drug used to control high blood sugar levels in newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, along with modification in diet and exercise. Rare side effects of metformin include anxiety and depression.
Q. Can metformin cause back pain?
Usually, metformin is not associated with back pain. However, it can be a presentation of stomach upset, a common side effect caused by metformin which includes bloating (heavy and uncomfortable feeling in the stomach), nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, or it could be a symptom of lactic acidosis, a rare and a serious complication of metformin.
Q. Can long-term use of metformin cause vitamin b12 deficiency?
Yes, metformin causes vitamin B12 deficiency on long-term use as it interferes with absorption of vitamin B12 in the stomach. If untreated, it may cause anemia and nerve problems and the patient can have tingling sensation and numbness in hands and feet, weakness, urinary problems, change in mental status and difficulty in making balance (ataxia). To avoid these problems, some researchers suggest an intake of vitamin B12 from outside at least once every year.
Q. Is metformin useful in the management of metabolic syndrome?
Yes, metformin is seen to be useful in the management of metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors that include high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, abnormal blood cholesterol levels and excess fat around the waist. Metformin is an insulin sensitizer and it improves the action of insulin and normalises blood sugar levels and reduces body weight.
Q. How beneficial is it to take metformin with glimepiride?
Both metformin and glimepiride are anti diabetic drugs and can be used together. They work by different mechanisms and can control the blood sugar levels in a much better way when used together as compared to either drug taken alone. However, glimepiride can cause very low blood glucose levels, so a regular monitoring of blood glucose is very important.
Q. Is it safe to take metformin with cetirizine?
Yes, metformin can be taken with cetirizine. There are no reported drug interactions or harmful effects when they are used together.
Q. Can I take metformin and ranitidine together?
Metformin can be taken with ranitidine. However, if you are taking them together, you need to monitor blood glucose levels regularly as ranitidine can decrease the removal of metformin from the body and increase its blood levels. This can cause very low blood sugar levels and other side effects as well and the dose of metformin may need adjustment.
Q. How beneficial is it to take metformin with linagliptin?
Both metformin and linagliptin are anti-diabetic drugs and can be used together. Their fixed dose combinations are also available and commonly advised once metformin is unable to control blood sugar levels even after giving the maximum tolerated dose. As they work by different mechanisms, they help in better control of blood sugar levels compared to either drug taken alone.
Q. Does metformin inhibit hepatitis B virus protein?
Yes, some research studies have shown that metformin can decrease the multiplication and growth of hepatitis B virus when given along with other antiviral drugs. However, this is indication is still under research and not yet approved.
Q. Can I take metformin before or after a chest x-ray? Does its use lead to chest x-ray abnormality?
Metformin should be temporarily discontinued before chest or any X-ray that requires injection of a contrast medium or dye. These dyes can decrease kidney function and metformin along with these dyes can cause a serious side effect like lactic acidosis. So you may need to stop taking metformin. However, do not stop taking any medicine without talking to your doctor.
Q. Does metformin make you sleepy?
Metformin can cause sleepiness which could be an early symptom of lactic acidosis along with tiredness, weakness, stomach pain, loose stools, severe muscle pain, muscle cramps and difficulty in breathing. It is a serious condition caused by metformin seen in old age patients, those with kidney, liver or heart disease, or those who take large amounts of alcohol. If you have these symptoms, stop taking metformin and consult your doctor.
Q. Does the use of metformin cause joint pain?
Use of metformin is not associated with joint pain. However, diabetes itself decreases blood circulation to the joints and even damages them leading to joint pain. Use of anti-diabetic drugs like sitagliptin or saxagliptin is also associated with joint pain. Early symptoms of lactic acidosis like muscle pain and cramps with weakness and tiredness can be mistaken for joint pain.
Q. Can metformin help in reducing weight gain caused by antipsychotics?
Yes, metformin is helpful in the treatment and prevention of weight gain caused by antipsychotics along with lifestyle modifications like a change in diet and regular exercise. Weight gain is an important reason for discontinuation of these medicines. Metformin helps by improving insulin sensitivity and prevents weight gain, both of these factors are affected by the use of antipsychotics.
Q. How is gliclazide different from metformin?
Both metformin and gliclazide are antidiabetic drugs but work in different ways. Metformin works by decreasing glucose production from liver and decreasing glucose absorption from the gut and increasing insulin sensitivity. Gliclazide works by increasing insulin release from the pancreas. Both control blood sugar levels effectively but metformin causes more of stomach upset, like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bloating while gliclazide causes low blood sugar levels and weight gain.
Q. Is metformin useful in the treatment of fragile X syndrome?
Metformin has shown promising results in some animal research studies in the treatment of fragile X syndrome. It may help in improving mental and behavioral disorders (autism) and control obesity and risk of developing diabetes in these patients. But these results are very preliminary and it is still not approved for the treatment of fragile X syndrome.
Q. What is the difference between liraglutide and metformin?
Metformin and liraglutide are antidiabetic drugs and both control blood sugar levels effectively. Metformin is taken by oral route and it decreases glucose production from liver and glucose absorption from the gut and increases insulin sensitivity. While liraglutide is an injectable and it increases insulin release from the pancreas. Both cause stomach upset, like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bloating while liraglutide also increases the risk of pancreatitis.
Q. Does metformin use make you feel high?
No, metformin does not elevate the mood or make you feel high. It is an antidiabetic drug used to control high blood sugar levels in newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, along with modification in diet and exercise. Rare side effects of metformin include anxiety and depression.
Q. Does metformin make you sweat?
Yes, sweating is one of the known side effects of metformin. The exact cause of this is not known. Some researchers suggest it to be due to low blood sugar levels especially at night which can cause night sweats as well. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and talk to your doctor as your dose of metformin may need to be adjusted.
Q. Can I take metformin with clomiphene citrate?
Metformin can be taken with clomiphene citrate. They are advised together in patients with infertility along with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Clinical studies have shown an improvement in ovulation and pregnancy rates in these patients as compared to use of clomiphene citrate alone or if the patients are resistant to the effects of clomiphene citrate. However, this is still under research.
Q. Is metformin useful in treating or preventing breast cancer?
Metformin is seen to be useful in the treatment and prevention of cancers especially breast cancer in research studies. As high insulin levels are known to increase the risk of cancer, metformin decreases cancer cell growth by decreasing insulin and blood glucose levels. However, its use in treating breast cancer is not yet approved.
Q. Can I take Metformin before surgery?
Metformin can be taken till one evening before surgery and then stopped on the day of surgery. Inform your doctor about all the medicines that you take before surgery and strictly follow the advice. You may need to be shifted to insulin on the day of surgery. Metformin may be restarted within 24 to 48 hours of surgery or as advised by your doctor.
Q. Does metformin use increase your chance to get Helicobacter pylori infection?
No, metformin is not associated with an increased risk of Helicobacter pylori infection. Diabetes itself increases the risk of H.pylori infection which increases the chances of stomach upset like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloating by metformin.
Q. Does metformin use leads to anemia?
Metformin may decrease the levels of vitamin B12 on long term use which may rarely cause a type of anemia in which blood cells are larger than normal (megaloblastic anemia). You may need to take foods rich in vitamin B12 like eggs, dairy products, and meat or a supplement from outside.
Q. Is metformin useful in the treatment of prediabetes?
Yes, use of metformin for prediabetes has recently been recommended by some guidelines. Prediabetes is a condition with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to label you as diabetic. Metformin makes the insulin already available in your body to work more effectively, decreases glucose production by liver and increases use of glucose by the muscles and lowers body weight. However, lifestyle modifications like a change in diet and exercise should be tried first as they are seen to be more effective than metformin.
Q. Can I take Metformin with teneligliptin?
Yes, Metformin can be taken with teneligliptin. It is a good add-on treatment if the blood sugars are very high even after taking Metformin. The risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) is also very low with both the medicines. However, consult your doctor before taking them together as a dose adjustment may be needed.
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Frequently asked questions for Glimepiride

Q. Does Glimepiride play any role in the treatment of Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?
No, Glimepiride is not known to have any role in the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Also, there is no clinical evidence available regarding the same.
Q. Is it safe to take Glimepiride and Sitagliptin together?
Yes, Sitagliptin and Glimepiride can be taken together as it can help in better control of blood sugar levels. However, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Consult your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. Is Glimepiride useful in the management for prediabetes?
Glimepiride is not used for the management of Prediabetes, a condition with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to label you as diabetic. There are clinical studies available, but the evidence is not strong enough for its use in prediabetes.
Q. How is Glimepiride different from teneligliptin?
Both Glimepiride and teneligliptin are effective in lowering blood glucose levels, bu they have different side effect profiles. Glimepiride commonly causes hypoglycemia and weight gain while teneligliptin causes headache and nasopharyngitis. Teneligliptin causes hypoglycemia when used along with insulins or sulfonylureas and does not cause weight gain.
Q. Can Glimepiride be given to elderly patients?
Yes, Glimepiride can be given to elderly patients. However they are more prone to the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), so, a regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is important. Patients should be cautious of the symptoms of hypoglycemia and always keep a quick source of sugar with them like a candy or a fruit juice.
Q. Can Glimepiride cause pancreatitis?
No, pancreatitis has not been reported with Glimepiride. Some common side effects associated with the use of Glimepiride includes hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), nausea, headache, and dizziness.
Q. Can I skip Glimepiride for few days?
No, Glimepiride should not be skipped, as it can make your diabetes worse. If, you miss the dose by mistake, take it as soon as you remember.
Q. Is it safe to take Glimepiride with pioglitazone?
Yes, it is safe to take Glimepiride with Pioglitazone in Patients with diabetes mellitus. Together they can control your blood sugar levels, lower plasma lipid levels and improve blood pressure. However, the risk of very low blood sugar levels can increase and the dose of these medicines may need to be adjusted.
Q. Can I take Glimepiride if I have a sulfa allergy?
Use of Glimepiride should be avoided if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to sulfonylureas or sulfonamides or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Q. Does Glimepiride cause hair loss?
No, hair loss is not seen with the use of Glimepiride. However, diabetes itself can lead to hair loss. Talk to your doctor if you have excessive hair loss as it could be due to some other underlying condition or it could be a sign of your diabetes getting worsened.
Q. Is it safe to take Glimepiride with vildagliptin?
Yes, Glimepiride and Vildagliptin can be taken together, as they can help in better control of blood sugar levels. However, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Consult your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. How is Glimepiride different from metformin?
Both metformin and Glimepiride are antidiabetic drugs and control blood sugar levels effectively. However, they work in different ways and have a different side effect profile. Metformin causes more of stomach upset, like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bloating while Glimepiride causes very low blood sugar levels and weight gain.
Q. How beneficial is it to take metformin with Glimepiride ?
Both metformin and Glimepiride are anti-diabetic drugs and when used together, they can control blood sugar levels in a much better way compared to either drug taken alone. However, Glimepiride can cause very low blood glucose levels, so a regular monitoring of blood glucose is very important.
Q. Is Glimepiride useful in the management of gestational diabetes?
Glimepiride is not advised to be used for the management of gestational diabetes. Use of Insulin is advised during pregnancy to control the blood glucose levels.
Q. Does Glimepiride cause weight gain?
Yes, Glimepiride can cause weight gain. It is advisable to closely monitor your diet and do regular exercise while taking this medicine. Avoid skipping your meal as it can cause very low blood sugar levels and you may end up snacking or taking a lot of sugars.
Q. Is there any benefit of taking Glimepiride with insulin?
Glimepiride, when used with insulin, can help to control high blood sugar levels. Taking them together can help to lower the dose of insulin but there could also be an increased risk of hypoglycemia. Dose of these medicines may need to be adjusted along with regular blood sugar level monitoring.
Q. How is teneligliptin different from Glimepiride ?
Both teneligliptin and Glimepiride are effective in lowering blood glucose levels, however, they work in different ways and have different side effect profile. Glimepiride commonly causes hypoglycemia and weight gain while teneligliptin causes hypoglycemia, especially when used with insulins or sulfonylureas and it does not cause any weight gain. It commonly causes a headache and nasopharyngitis.
Q. Is it safe to take Glimepiride with liraglutide?
Yes, Glimepiride and liraglutide can be taken together, as they can help in better control of blood sugar levels. However, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Consult your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. Is Glimepiride a statin?
No, Glimepiride is not a statin. It is an antidiabetic drug and is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes while Statins are lipid-lowering drugs.
Q. Is Glimepiride a Thiazolidinedione?
No, Glimepiride is not a Thiazolidinedione, it is a sulfonylurea. However, both are antidiabetic medicines but belong to a different group of medicines.
Q. Is Glimepiride a controlled drug?
No, Glimepiride is not a controlled drug. It is an antidiabetic drug and is available on providing a valid prescription by a doctor.
Q. Is Glimepiride a diuretic?
No, Glimepiride is not a diuretic. It is an antidiabetic drug and is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Q. Does Glimepiride have any addiction potential?
No, Glimepiride has no addiction potential as no withdrawal symptoms have been reported when you stop taking this drug.
Q. Is Glimepiride a blood thinner?
No, Glimepiride is not a blood thinner. It is an antidiabetic drug and is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Q. Is Glimepiride a beta blocker?
No, Glimepiride is not a beta blocker. It is an antidiabetic drug, is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
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Frequently asked questions for Atorvastatin

Q. Is atorvastatin used for lowering cholesterol?
Atorvastatin belongs to a group of medicines known as statins, which are lipid (fat) lowering medicines. It is used to lower lipids known as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood when a low-fat diet and lifestyle changes on their own have failed. If you are at an increased risk of heart disease, atorvastatin can also be used to reduce such risk even if your cholesterol levels are normal. You should maintain a standard cholesterol-lowering diet during treatment.
Q. Is atorvastatin diuretic?
Atorvastatin is not a diuretic. It is a lipid lowering agent which belongs to a group of medicines known as statins.
Q. It atorvastatin gluten free?
Yes. It is gluten free. Please refer to the package insert of the prescribed brand before use for complete information on its contents.
Q. Is atorvastatin better than simvastatin and pravastatin?
Atorvastatin, simvastatin, and pravastatin belong to the same category of medications with similar action and similar side effects, but their effect may vary upon individual response. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause diabetes?
Diabetes has not been reported as a side effect of atorvastatin. However, it may increase your blood sugar levels. So, it is very important that you monitor your blood sugar levels regularly if you are taking atorvastatin. Also, share with your doctor if you have diabetes mellitus and you are advised to take atorvastatin as your doctor will monitor you while you are taking this medicine.
Q. Does atorvastatin reduce triglycerides?
Atorvastatin belongs to a group of medicines known as statins, which are lipid (fat) lowering medicines. Atorvastatin is used to lower lipids known as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood when a low-fat diet and lifestyle changes on their own have failed.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause weight loss?
Atorvastatin has not been reported to cause weight loss. However, weight gain has been reported as an uncommon side effect. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight loss while you are taking atorvastatin.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause erectile dysfunction?
Atorvastatin can cause erectile dysfunction although this side effect is not very clear. Please consult your doctor if you experience erectile dysfunction while you are taking atorvastatin.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a common side effect of atorvastatin. Please consult your doctor if you experience diarrhea after taking atorvastatin as the dose of your medicine may need to be changed.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause memory loss?
Loss of memory is an uncommon side effect of atorvastatin, which may affect up to 1 in 100 people. Please consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms of memory loss after taking atorvastatin.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause frequent urination?
Atorvastatin has not been reported to cause frequent urination. Please consult your doctor if you experience increased urinary frequency after taking atorvastatin.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause high blood pressure?
Atorvastatin has not been reported to cause high blood pressure. Please consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms of high blood pressure while taking atorvastatin.
Q. Is atorvastatin a blood thinner?
Atorvastatin is not a blood thinner. Atorvastatin is a lipid lowering agent which belongs to a group of medicines known as statins.
Q. Is atorvastatin safe to take?
Atorvastatin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is atorvastatin a beta blocker?
Atorvastatin is not a beta blocker. Atorvastatin is a lipid lowering agent which belongs to a group of medicines known as statins.
Q. Is atorvastatin and atorvastatin calcium the same?
Atorvastatin is a prescription medicine used to treat high cholesterol. It is marketed in the form of a calcium salt as atorvastatin calcium trihydrate.
Q. Is atorvastatin a controlled substance?
Atorvastatin is not a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Controlled substances are drugs that are strictly regulated to reduce the risk of abuse and illegal distribution. To determine the level of restriction placed on a particular controlled substance, five different categories (or "Schedules") are used. A controlled substance will belong to Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V, with Schedule V being the least restricted.
Q. Is atorvastatin an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor?
Atorvastatin is not an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. Atorvastatin is a lipid lowering agent which belongs to a group of medicines known as statins.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with metformin?
Atorvastatin can be taken with metformin. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with ibuprofen?
Atorvastatin can be taken with ibuprofen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with milk?
No information is available for the use of atorvastatin with milk. However, it can be taken any time of the day, with or without food. Please consult your doctor.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with fenofibrate?
Both fenofibrate and atorvastatin have similar effects and they may increase the effects of each other. Fenofibrate may also increase side effects like risk for rhabdomyolysis (condition in which damaged skeletal muscle breaks down rapidly). Monitoring is required when these two drugs are taken together. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with alcohol?
It is not recommended to take atorvastatin with alcohol as it may increase the risk of liver damage. Please consult your doctor before taking atorvastatin with alcohol.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with levothyroxine?
Atorvastatin can be taken with levothyroxine. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with amlodipine?
Atorvastatin can be taken with amlodipine. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with erythromycin?
Erythromycin can increase the level or effect of atorvastatin by decreasing its breakdown which may lead to increased side effects like muscle weakness (myopathy). So, close monitoring is required when these two drugs are taken together. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with metronidazole?
Metronidazole can increase the level or effect of atorvastatin by decreasing its breakdown which may lead to increased side effects like muscle weakness (myopathy) with atorvastatin. So, close monitoring is required when these two drugs are taken together. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take atorvastatin with clarithromycin?
Clarithromycin can increase the level or effect of atorvastatin by decreasing its breakdown which may lead to increased side effects like muscle weakness (myopathy) with atorvastatin. So, close monitoring is required when these two drugs are taken together. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause gas?
Flatulence (gas or wind) is one of the common side effects associated with the use of atorvastatin. If you have any such symptom while taking the drug, consult your doctor.
Q. Does atorvastatin lower blood pressure?
Atorvastatin is a lipid-lowering drug used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels and for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. However, a meta-analysis of different clinical trial shows that atorvastatin has a small blood pressure lowering effect.
Q. Does atorvastatin affect the liver?
Atorvastatin is associated rarely with hepatobiliary disorders. Its use is also linked with abnormal liver function test and hence a periodic test of the liver functions is recommended.
Q. Does atorvastatin cause itching?
Atorvastatin use has been associated with urticaria (itching) and skin rash. If you experience any such symptom while using the drug, consult your doctor.
Q. Does atorvastatin thin blood?
Atorvastatin is not a blood-thinner. It is a lipid-lowering agent and acts by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase enzyme.
Q. What is atorvastatin?
Atorvastatin is a lipid-lowering drug which belongs 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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Frequently asked questions for Ramipril

Q. 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
Q. Is ramipril safe?
Ramipril is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
Q. 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
Q. 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
Q. 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
Q. 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
Q. 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
Q. Does ramipril cause coughing?
Yes, non-productive tickling cough, is one of the common side effects or ramipril
Q. 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
Q. Does ramipril cause itching?
Yes, ramipril may cause itching of skin. It is not very commonly observed
Q. Does ramipril cause an increase in potassium levels in the blood?
Yes, increased potassium levels is one a common side effects of ramipril
Q. Does ramipril cause depression?
Yes, ramipril may cause depression; however, it is not very commonly observed
Q. Does ramipril thin the blood?
No. ramipril has no known effect on blood thinning
Q. Is ramipril available in India?
Yes, ramipril is available in India with more than 100 brand names.
Q. Can I take Ramipril with sildenafil ?
Yes,Ramipril can be taken with Sildenafil . However, there could be an excessive fall in blood pressure when taken together and you can experience symptoms like dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, flushing, headache, or an increased heart rate. So, special caution must be taken when taking both the drugs together and inform your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
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