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Nateglinide Dosing

The nateglinide dosing guidelines that your healthcare provider will follow depend on several factors. However, the recommended starting dose is 120 mg, taken three times a day before meals. This may be reduced to 60 mg if your hemoglobin A1c test result reaches a certain percentage. The drug can be taken up to half an hour before meals, but if you skip a meal, skip that nateglinide dose as well.

Nateglinide Dosing: An Introduction

The dosage of nateglinide (Starlix®) that your healthcare provider prescribes will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How well your diabetes is controlled
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your nateglinide dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Nateglinide Dosing for Type 2 Diabetes

The recommended dose of nateglinide (whether taken alone or with other diabetes drugs) is 120 mg, taken three times a day before meals.
For people who are near their hemoglobin A1c goal, the nateglinide dose may be reduced to 60 mg, taken three times a day before meals. Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a blood test used in people with diabetes. Your healthcare provider can tell you if you are near your hemoglobin A1c goal.

General Nateglinide Dosing Information

Considerations for people taking nateglinide include the following:
  • Nateglinide should be taken by mouth before every meal.
  • You can take the medication up to half an hour before meals. However, if you skip a meal, skip that nateglinide dose as well. If you eat an extra meal, take an extra dose beforehand.
  • If you take your nateglinide dose and then do not eat a meal within half an hour, eat something as soon as possible. Not eating after taking the drug can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
  • If you forget to take nateglinide, wait until you eat again to take it. Do not take a double dose.
  • For nateglinide to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The drug will not work if you take it differently than how your healthcare provider recommends.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to nateglinide or nateglinide dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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