Voglibose is an anti-diabetic medicine. It inhibits the intestinal enzymes responsible for breaking complex sugars into simple sugars such as glucose. This prevents blood glucose levels from rising very high immediately after meals.
Q. How long does Repaglinide take to start working?
Repaglinide starts working 30 minutes after it has been taken. After you take Repaglinide, the insulin levels increase causing a decrease in the blood sugar levels. The effect usually lasts for 4 hours.
Q. Can I take alcohol while I am taking Repaglinide?
No, you should avoid alcohol while taking Repaglinide since alcohol interferes with the working of Repaglinide. You may experience signs and symptoms of low blood sugar levels which include weakness, shakiness, cold sweat, cool pale skin, rapid heartbeat, tremors, extreme hunger, dizziness, headache and anxiety.
Q. Can Repaglinide be taken with other antidiabetic drugs?
Yes, it can be taken with other antidiabetic drugs but according to your doctor’s advice. But since all these drugs lower blood sugar levels, regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is recommended.
Q. Can I continue to breastfeed while taking Repaglinide?
No, you should not breastfeed your baby because if Repaglinide passes in breast milk, your baby may experience low blood sugar levels which is harmful for your baby. Ask your doctor for advice.
Q. Do I need to stop clopidogrel if I am taking Repaglinide?
You should inform your doctor and take his advice. If you cannot avoid using clopidogrel with Repaglinide, take 0.5 mg Repaglinide before each meal. The total daily dose should not be more than 4 mg. Monitor your blood sugar levels more frequently.
There is evidence that normal doses of Voglibose does not cause significant weight loss. However, very high doses of this medicine can affect the absorption of food, thereby causing weight loss. Do not take this medication for weight loss as it is not approved for treatment of obesity. Do consult your doctor before starting this medication.
Q. How should you take Voglibose?
Voglibose is usually prescribed to be taken orally three times daily immediately before each meal. Voglibose may be given along with a controlled diet. However, in case Voglibose does not work alone, it may be given along with a proper diet and other antidiabetic medicines. Your doctor may further increase your doses if the given doses do not provide sufficient control over the blood sugar levels. Do not take this medication by yourself and consult your doctor before starting this medication.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 25th Nov 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.