Avandamet is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Avandamet is considered an adjunct treatment to diet and exercise.
Avandamet is a combination drug composed of the drugs Rosiglitazone, the active ingredient in Avandia, and Metformin. Rosiglitazone is a thiazolidinedione, also known as a glitazone. Rosiglitazone is believed to work by decreasing the amount of glucose released by the liver and making insulin more effective in muscle and fat tissues. Metformin is a Biguanide. Metformin is believed to work by decreasing the amount of glucose produced by the liver and making the muscle tissue more sensitive to insulin.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Avandamet is generally taken once or twice daily with meals.
Avandamet comes in tablet form.
The FDA-approved label for Avandamet lists common side effects including nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, and a metallic taste in the mouth.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Avandamet include congestive heart failure, lactic acidosis, and systemic allergic reaction.
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