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Which other medications and foods can interact with Starlix?

Certain other medications can raise or lower blood sugar and cause Starlix (nateglinide) to be less effective. Before you take Starlix, make sure your doctor knows about all other medications, vitamins, supplements, or herbs you are taking. Medicines that can raise blood sugar levels include: diet pills, Dilantin and other seizure medicines, hormones and birth control pills, isoniazid, Synthroid and other thyroid medicines, Compazine and other phenothiazines, prednisone and other steroids, and diuretics (water elimination pills). Medicines that can lower blood sugar levels include: Bactrim and other sulfa drugs, salicylates including aspirin and Pepto-Bismol, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), Tenormin and other beta-blocker medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and Benemid and other blood glucose lowering medications (such as glipizide, glyburide, etc).

Starlix works best when taken along with a regular diet and exercise plan. If you skip a meal or eat more than usual, your blood sugar level will be affected. If you make permanent changes in your diet and/or exercise program, your medication dosage may need to be adjusted by your doctor. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Starlix, as alcohol tends to lower blood sugar.

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