How should I take nateglinide?

Nateglinide (Starlix) is an oral medicine used to regulate blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Your doctor may prescribe this alone, or in combination with other medicines for diabetes such as metformin or thiazolidinedione (Actos, Avandia). Nateglinide helps your pancreas to release insulin, the hormone that allows your cells to use glucose.

Nateglinide comes as 60 mg. and 120 mg. pills that are taken three times a day by mouth, one to 30 minutes before each of your three meals. Your doctor will prescribe the dose that is best for you. Your doctor will likely start you out with a low dose and increase it as needed. If you happen to skip a meal, skip your dose.

Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you are taking, especially if it includes other medicines for your diabetes.

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