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About Acetohexamide

Acetohexamide is used for aiding in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. The treatment for this is also combined with a suitable diet and balanced exercise. Acetohexamide is commonly used to treat the type of diabetes that generally occurs in adults and is referred to as adult onset diabetes or type II diabetes. This medication will increase the amount of insulin that is released from the pancreas, therefore helping your body to use the insulin more efficiently.

Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know

Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Acetohexamide:
  • Thyroid disease
  • Major surgery
  • An unusual or abnormal reaction to acetohexamide, sulfonamides, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Severe infection or injury
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Acetohexamide may not be recommended for certain situations.

Administering Acetohexamide

It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.

Acetohexamide tablets should be taken orally with a glass of water. If you only take Acetohexamide once daily then it should be taken thirty minutes before breakfast. If taken twice daily then it is best to be taken before breakfast and the evening meal. To prevent an upset stomach you may take with food or milk. Remember, when taking Acetohexamide or any prescription drug to always follow the label closely. Be sure to space your doses evenly and do not take more than is directed.

Acetohexamide should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.

What if I Miss a Dose of Acetohexamide

In the event that a dose of Acetohexamide was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you’ve already missed.

Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Acetohexamide. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.

Conflicting Medications

Always consult the doctor who prescribed Acetohexamide to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
  • Clofibrate
  • Warfarin
  • Beta blockers
  • Metoclopramide
  • Alcohol
  • Diazoxide
  • Cisapride
  • Water pills
  • Beverages containing alcohol
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Aspirin and aspirin like drugs
  • Steroid medicines such as prednison or cortisone
  • Beta-blockers often used for high blood pressure or heart problems
  • Some herbal dietary supplements
  • Chromium
  • Quinolone antibiotics
  • Female hormones such as estrogens or progestins birth control pills
  • Phenytoin
  • Isoniazid
  • Pentamidine
  • Male hormones or anabolic steroids
  • Niacin
  • Medications for weight loss
  • Medicines for allergies, asthma, cold or cough
  • Rifampin
  • Miconazole
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Acetohexamide; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
  • Are a smoker
  • Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
  • Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis

All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Acetohexamide.

Acetohexamide Common side effects

The following are side effects known to be common of Acetohexamide and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Headache
  • Skin rash, redness, swelling or itching

None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.

Acetohexamide Least Common side effects

The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Acetohexamide consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Acetohexamide:

  • Breathing difficulties, severe skin reactions or excessive phlegm, which can be an indication that you are having an allergic reaction to the drug
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Dark yellow or brown urine, or yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) which can cause some symptoms including anxiety or nervousness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, hunger, pale skin, nausea, fatigue, perspiration, headache, palpitations, numbness of the mouth, tingling in the fingers, tremors, muscle weakness, blurred vision, cold sensations, uncontrolled yawning, irritability, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing and loss of consciousness
  • Fever, chills, sore throat

It is important that you contact your physician right away if you've experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.

Acetohexamide Precautions

You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Acetohexamide and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.

Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Acetohexamide is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Acetohexamide. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.

Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Acetohexamide and may affect desired results. Acetohexamide cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Acetohexamide is against the law.

How To Store Acetohexamide

The following is general storage information for Acetohexamide:

  • It is important that you store Acetohexamide at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure Acetohexamide is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Be sure to store Acetohexamide out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
  • Dispose of any expired or unused Acetohexamide properly.

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Conditions of USE: The prescription drug information on this database is to be used for instructional purposes only; it is not intended to substitute for the knowledge of a healthcare professional. Please consult a physician before and while you are taking Acetohexamide. If you experience any other side effects while taking Acetohexamide please consult an experienced professional. This database does not contain all the information regarding Acetohexamide nor is it intended to cover all possible directions, side effects, and uses. If you need more information regarding Acetohexamide, contact your physician or any other healthcare provider.

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