All About Avandia’s Dosage
Avandia currently not being sold
Avandia is not currently being sold according to manufacturer Woodward pharma Services. It is not known if Avandia will be available again. If you have questions about the Avandia prescription, you should talk to your doctor.
If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor might suggest Avandia as a treatment option for you.
Avandia is a prescription drug used to manage blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. For this condition, it’s prescribed along with exercise and a balanced diet.
Avandia is a tablet that you swallow. It has the active ingredient rosiglitazone. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.
This article describes the dosages of Avandia, as well as its strengths and how to take the drug. To learn more about Avandia, see this in-depth article.
Note: The chart below highlights the basics of Avandia’s dosage. Be sure to read on for more detail. And please keep in mind that this article covers Avandia’s standard dosage schedule, which is provided by the drug’s manufacturer. But always follow the dosing instructions your doctor prescribes.
|Recommended Avandia starting dosage||Avandia maximum dosage|
|4 milligrams (mg) once daily or 2 mg twice daily||8 mg daily|
The section covers the common dosage information for Avandia. Your doctor will review the instructions for the medication for your condition.
What is Avandia’s form?
Avandia is a tablet that you swallow.
What strengths does Avandia come in?
Avandia tablets have two strengths.
- 2 milligrams is a small amount.
- 4 tablets.
What are the usual dosages of Avandia?
Avandia is usually prescribed by your doctor at a low dose. They will adjust your dose over time to reach the right amount. They will prescribe the smallest dose that will provide the desired effect.
The information below describes dosages that are commonly prescribed or recommended. But be sure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. They’ll determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
The recommended starting dosage of Avandia is 4 tablets. daily. Your doctor may have you take Avandia as a single dose once daily. Or they may divide it into two 2-mg doses per day. If this dosage isn’t enough to manage your blood sugar, your doctor may increase it. The maximum dose of Avandia is 8 mg daily.
Is Avandia used long term?
Avandia is a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor agree that Avandia is safe and effective for you, you will probably take it for a long time.
Your doctor may check your blood sugar periodically while you’re taking Avandia. They may do this at their office using an A1C blood test or a fasting blood glucose test.
“Your doctor may increase your Avandia dose if your normal dose doesn’t lower your blood sugar enough.”
Sometimes taking Avandia with other medications for diabetes may lower blood sugar levels too much. If this happens, your doctor may decrease the dosage of your other diabetes medications.
Drugs may affect how your body breaks down. Tell your doctor about any drugs you take. If other drugs affect the amount of Avandia in your body, they may adjust your Avandia dosage.
Factors that may affect the Avandia dosage are listed below. These include:
- The kind of condition you are taking Avandia to treat.
- Other conditions may be present.
- You can take other medications if you need to.
You can take Avandia twice daily. Your doctor will tell you how often to take it. Take this medication as your doctor prescribes it.
You can take Avandia with or without food.
For information on Avandia expiration, storage, and disposal, see this article.
Accessible drug containers and labels
“If you can’t read the prescription label on your medication, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist. Some pharmacies may provide medication labels.”
- Large print or use of blind.
- You can use a code on a phone to change the text to sound.
“If your current pharmacy doesn’t offer accessibility features, your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend a new pharmacy.”
Let your pharmacist know if you have trouble opening bottles. They may be able to deliver Avandia in a container. It is possible that your pharmacist has some tips that can make it easier to open the drug container.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you missed your dose, take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. You should not take two doses in a row. Doing so may increase your risk of side effects.
If you need help remembering to take your dose of Avandia on time, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or downloading a reminder app on your phone.
Do not take more than your doctor prescribes. Taking more than this can cause serious side effects.
What to do in case you take too much Avandia
Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve taken too much Avandia. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers, or use its online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.
The dosages provided by the drug manufacturer are described in the sections above. If your doctor recommends Avandia, they will prescribe the correct amount.
Remember, you should not change your dosage of Avandia without your doctor’s recommendation. Only take Avandia exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage.
Some questions you may want to ask your doctor.
- Will you change my dosage of Avandia if I’m taking Glucophage (metformin) along with it?
- Is it better to take Avandia twice a day?
- Is a higher dose riskier for me than Avandia?
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What are the effects of my medications on Avandia?
Your body breaks down many drugs. Other drugs can change the way your body breaks down Avandia.
Some medications can cause your body to break down. This can cause Avandia to build up in your body and increase your risk of side effects. These medications can be examples.
- certain allergy medications, such as Singulair (montelukast) and Accolate (zafirlukast)
- certain blood pressure medications, such as Atacand (candesartan) and felodipine
- certain cholesterol medications, such as Lopid (gemfibrozil) and Zocor (simvastatin)
- the thyroid medication Synthroid (levothyroxine)
- some birth control medications
Other medications, such as the antibiotic Rifadin (rifampin), can speed up how your liver breaks down Avandia. In this case, Avandia may not work as well as it should.
Let your doctor know if you are taking any of the medications. If you take medications that affect how your body breaks down Avandia, they may need to adjust your dose.
The list above does not include all the medications that may affect Avandia. Talk to your doctor about how your medications may affect your Avandia dosage.
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