Find out detailed description, uses, directions of use, side effects, warnings and precautions, frequently asked questions about Istamet XR Tablet
Istamet XR Tablet 10's is a combination drug of Sitagliptin (DPP4 inhibitors) and Metformin (Biguanides) belongs to the class of anti-diabetic. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which either the body stops producing enough insulin (the hormone which helps to decrease sugar levels in the blood) or there is resistance to the action of insulin. As a result, insulin is produced in large amounts but it is not able to act on the organs of the body.
In Treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Istamet XR Tablet is a combination of two medicines that work together in different ways to lower your blood glucose levels. Lowering blood glucose levels is an essential part of managing diabetes. If you can control your blood glucose level, your risk of getting any of the serious complications of diabetes such as kidney damage, eye damage, nerve problems, and loss of limbs is also lowered. Additionally, proper control of diabetes can also reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Taking this medicine regularly along with proper diet and exercise will help you live a normal, healthy life. You should keep using this medicine for as long as it is prescribed because it is protecting your future health.
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Istamet XR Tablet is to be taken with food.
This medicine is not suitable for everyone. Before taking it, you should let your doctor know if you have ever had kidney, liver, or heart disease, problems with your pancreas, or if you drink a lot of alcohol. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking this medicine. Some other medicines may affect Istamet XR Tablet so tell your doctor about all the other medicines you are taking to make sure you are safe. You should try to avoid drinking alcohol as it lowers blood glucose. Your doctor will check your kidney function and blood sugar levels before and during treatment.
Q.How does Istamet XR Tablet 10's work?
A: Sitagliptin belongs to the class of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors which work by increasing the amounts of certain natural substances that lower blood sugar when it is high. Another medicine Metformin belongs to the class of biguanides which lowers glucose production in the liver, delays glucose absorption from the intestines and increases the body's sensitivity to insulin. Together, it prevents blood glucose levels from rising to very high levels after meals.
Q.Can I take alcohol with Istamet XR Tablet 10's?
A: Do not take excessive alcohol while taking Istamet XR Tablet 10's, as this may increase the risk of a life-threatening condition called as lactic acidosis (too much of lactic acid in the body).
Q.Is Istamet XR Tablet 10's also prescribed for the treatment of type 1 diabetes?
A: No. Istamet XR Tablet 10's is only prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes also called as 'non-insulin-dependent diabetes'.
Q.What is type 2 diabetes and what are its symptoms and complications?
A: Type 2 diabetes is a common form of diabetes in which the blood sugar-lowering hormone called insulin produced by the body does not function properly. Due to this, the blood glucose level increases, and symptoms such as frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger start. Diabetes, if left untreated or not treated properly, can cause long-term complications such as nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot problems, and also poses a high risk of developing heart diseases.
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