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Rosiglitazone and Metformin: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking this drug, you should talk with your healthcare provider if you have:
  • Heart problems of any kind, especially congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Had a heart attack or stroke
  • Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Low vitamin B12 levels (pernicious anemia)
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • An upcoming surgery or procedure (including x-rays and other radiology procedures)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Avandamet and Pregnancy)
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are having problems getting pregnant
  • Are premenopausal without regular menstrual periods
  • Drink alcohol.
Tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Rosiglitazone and Metformin for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take this drug.)

Alternatives to Rosiglitazone and Metformin

In general, type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes. If lifestyle changes are not effective at managing diabetes, medication (such as rosiglitazone and metformin) may be necessary.
The main goal of diabetes medicine is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because rosiglitazone and metformin can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing problems related to high blood sugar.
For most people, rosiglitazone and metformin is quite effective at controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, you may need to combine this drug with another diabetes medicine, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute for rosiglitazone and metformin. These substitutes could include other combination medications or a different type of diabetes medication.
(Click Avandamet Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to rosiglitazone and metformin.)
To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click on any of the following eMedTV links:
Type 2 Diabetes: Fact or Fiction

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