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Avandia (Rosiglitazone) Uses

Avandia (Rosiglitazone) Uses

What is Avandia (Rosiglitazone) used for?

Avandia is an oral diabetes drug that is used to treat patients who are type 2 diabetic. It can be used in combination with oral diabetes medications or insulin, but should not be used to treat type 1 diabetic patients. This is because this medication works by making the body more sensitive to insulin effects. People with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin naturally hence, Avandia cannot function properly in their bodies.

How does Avandia work?

Avandia, which is the brand name of rosiglitazone, belong to a class of drugs known as thiazolidinediones. These medications help the natural insulin hormone to work better in fat and muscle cells. This medicine usually works in two ways to help control the levels of blood sugar in the body. The first way is by making the muscle and fat cells more sensitive to the effects of insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps the body cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream. This process helps to reduce high levels of blood glucose. The second way Avandia works is by stimulating the liver to produce less amounts of insulin when the body does not need it.

How to take Rosiglitazone

Avandia comes in tablet form that is supposed to be taken by mouth together with food or without. This medication can be taken once or twice every day. Make sure you carefully follow the instructions on the prescription label. To get the maximum benefit out of rosiglitazone, you should take it regularly. Note that it might take patients 2 to 3 months before they start to experience the real benefit of this diabetes drug. The medication should not be taken by anyone who has liver problems or diabetic ketoacidosis.


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