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How does Avandia interact with other medications or foods?

Although your doctor may prescribe Avandia in combination with other drugs for diabetes, Avandia does interact with insulin and other diabetes medications, as well as many other drugs and supplements. It is very important to keep a complete list of all medications and supplements you take or may want to take, and discuss them with your doctor before using Avandia. The following medications are known to interact with Avandia:

insulin and other diabetes medications
nitrates like nitroglycerin, amyl nitrite, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate
gemfibrozil
trimethoprim (antibiotic)
rifampin (antibiotic)

Many medications and substances can raise or lower your blood sugar levels. Talk with your doctor about possible interactions with Avandia if you use any of the following:

aspirin and other similar drugs
non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as naproxen or ibuprofen alcoholic beverages
weight loss drugs
diuretics
chromium
niacin
heart medications
thyroid medications
cold, cough, allergy, and asthma medications
chloramphenicol
isoniazid
cortisone, prednisone, and other steroids
female hormones, such as birth control drugs, estrogens, and progestins
male hormones
anabolic steroids
quinolone antibiotics such as ofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, and levofloxacin
medications for psychological problems
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
phenytoin
pentamidine
probenecid
some herbal supplements

Your risk of some side effects may increase if you use Avandia with the following herbs and supplements:

St. John's Wort
fenugreek
bitter melon
guar gum
psyllium
glucomannan

Check with your doctor if you use any of these. Your doctor can adjust your dosage of Avandia and/or other medications if necessary.

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