Avandia (Rosiglitazone) Dosage
What is Rosiglitazone (Avandia)?
Rosiglitazone, also known by its brand name Avandia, is an oral diabetes drug that is used to control the level of blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes. Patients with type 2 diabetes experience high levels of blood sugar because their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin or they are resistant to insulin. Insulin is the natural hormone that helps glucose into the body cells for energy. Rosiglitazone belongs to a class of medication known as thiazolidinediones. Drugs in this class work by reducing the body’s resistance to insulin. This action helps to reduce high levels of blood sugar. Avandia can be combined with other diabetes drugs in patients with type 2 diabetes. This medication should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes. Avandia works only if the beta cells can produce insulin normally. This medication is usually part of a treatment program that also includes diet and exercise.
Your dosage of rosiglitazone will be based on response to the first dose, your age, and medical condition. The drug is available in dose strength of 4mg and 8mg. Usually the starting dose of this medicine is 4mg that should be taken orally once every day. If your level of blood sugar does not improve, your doctor may increase your dose. However, it should not exceed the maximum dosage of 8mg daily. This medication can be taken with meals or without. Make sure you take Avandia as your doctor prescribed it. Do not increase or reduce your dosage without your doctor’s knowledge.
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