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Starlix

Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D. Punkaj Khanna earned his Pharm.D. from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He works at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has special interests in patient education and compliance.
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If you have Type 2 diabetes, your doctor may prescribe Starlix for treatment or its generic form, Nateglinide. Starlix is a meglitinide analog medication that works to lower blood glucose levels. Starlix works by triggering the production of insulin in the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone used by cells in the body to absorb sugar from the blood to use for energy.

Before beginning treatment with Starlix, it is important to talk to your doctor about any allergies or medical conditions you may have, and about any medications and supplements you are currently taking. Starlix is available in the form of a pill. To use Starlix, take one pill up to half an hour before you eat each meal. If you skip or miss a meal, do not take Starlix. If you add a meal, then take an extra dose of Starlix. If you miss a dose of Starlix, take it with a meal as soon as you remember. Never take two doses of Starlix at the same time.

During your treatment with Starlix, make sure to regularly test your blood sugar. This includes self-testing and blood work done by your doctor. You may find that it is more difficult to manage your blood sugar while you are sick or have a fever or infection.

Be careful when drinking, since using Starlix may increase your sensitivity to alcohol. Like all medications, Starlix has the potential to cause side effects. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience any allergic reaction or low blood sugar.

Keep an open dialogue with your doctor during the course of your treatment, even if it is working well for you. This will help you to better manage your diabetes. Talk to your doctor to see if Starlix may be right for you, and to figure out a diabetes treatment that will work for you. 

Duration: 02:06 Last Updated On: 2015-12-17