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What should I know about repaglinide before taking it?

Before you take repaglinide (Prandin), a drug for type 2 diabetes, you should know that in order for it to work well, you need to take it as directed, eat a healthy diet and exercise. Repaglinide works by stimulating the pancreas to release more insulin right after you eat a meal.

You should know that, like other pills that lower blood sugar, repaglinide can sometimes cause blood sugar to fall too low. You should be aware of the signs of low blood sugar, and talk to your doctor about what to do if you notice symptoms. You should know that if your body is stressed -- by fever or surgery, for instance -- your blood sugar may slip out of control. In that case, your doctor may need to temporarily switch you to another drug.

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