RASTINON 500 MG TABLET

SKU: AH_CH_DB_3555 Category:

Generic : Tolbutamide (500mg)

Treatment : Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Pack size  : 10 (Tablet)

Manufacturer : Sanofi India Ltd

Made In : INDIA

UNIT PRICE

$3.00

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PRODUCT INTRODUCTION

Rastinon 500mg Tablet is a medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. It belongs to a group of medicines called sulfonylureas and helps control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This helps to prevent serious complications of diabetes like kidney damage and blindness.

Rastinon 500mg Tablet may be used by itself or along with other medicines. It should be taken with food. Take it regularly at the same time each day to get the most benefit. Your doctor will decide what dose is best for you and this may change from time to time according to how it is working.

Keep taking this medicine, even if you feel well or your blood sugar levels are controlled. If you stop it without consulting your doctor, your blood sugar levels could rise and put you at risk of kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, and loss of limbs. Remember that it is only part of a treatment program that should also include a healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight reduction as advised by your doctor. Your lifestyle plays a big part in controlling diabetes.

You should not take it if you have type 1 diabetes mellitus, if you have diabetic ketoacidosis (high levels of acid in your blood), or if you have severe kidney or liver disease. Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart disease, thyroid disease, or some hormonal conditions. It may not be suitable. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking it. Your blood sugar levels should be checked regularly and your doctor may also advise blood tests to monitor your blood cell counts and liver function.

 

BENEFITS OF RASTINON TABLET

In Treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Rastinon 500mg Tablet works by increasing the amount of insulin your body produces (in the pancreas). The insulin then works to lower your blood glucose level. It is usually taken once a day. You should keep taking it for as long as it is prescribed

Lowering blood glucose levels is an essential part of managing diabetes. If you can control the level you will reduce the risk of getting any of the serious complications of diabetes such as kidney damage, eye damage, nerve problems, and loss of limbs. Taking this medicine regularly along with proper diet and exercise will help you live a normal, healthy life.

 

HOW TO USE RASTINON TABLET

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Rastinon 500mg Tablet is to be taken with food.

 

HOW RASTINON TABLET WORKS

Rastinon 500mg Tablet is an antidiabetic medication. It works by increasing the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower blood glucose.

 

SAFETY ADVICE

warnings

Alcohol

UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Rastinon 500mg Tablet.
warnings

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Rastinon 500mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
warnings

Breast feeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Rastinon 500mg Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Monitor the breastfed baby’s blood sugar during treatment with Rastinon 500mg Tablet
warnings

Driving

CAUTION
Your ability to drive may be affected if your blood sugar is too low or too high. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
warnings

Kidney

CAUTION
Rastinon 500mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Rastinon 500mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Rastinon 500mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
warnings

Liver

CAUTION
Rastinon 500mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Rastinon 500mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Rastinon 500mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

 

INTERACTION WITH DRUGS

  • Trimethoprim
  • Amiloride
  • Atenolol

 

WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE RASTINON TABLET?

You should skip a dose of Rastinon 500mg Tablet if a meal is skipped, and add a dose of medicine if you eat an extra meal.

SIDE EFFECTS

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Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Rastinon

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose level)

FAQ's

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Q. Is Rastinon 500mg Tablet safe for kidneys?

Rastinon 500mg Tablet does not affect kidneys in patients with normal kidney function. However, its use should be avoided in patients with severe kidney disease since Rastinon 500mg Tablet is principally eliminated by the kidneys.

Q. Who should not take Rastinon 500mg Tablet?

Rastinon 500mg Tablet should be avoided by patients who are allergic to it, have severe kidney or liver disease, have G6PD-deficiency (an inherited condition affecting red blood cells), or are due to have surgery. Along with that, patients who are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant, or breastfeeding, or have insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1 diabetes mellitus) should also avoid taking Rastinon 500mg Tablet.

Q. How long does it take for Rastinon 500mg Tablet to start working?

Rastinon 500mg Tablet takes about 2 to 3 hours to reduce blood sugar levels. You may not feel any difference, but this does not mean it is not working. So, continue the medication as directed by your doctor and if you have any concerns, discuss it with your doctor.

Q. Why should Rastinon 500mg Tablet be cautiously used in elderly patients?

Rastinon 500mg Tablet should be used with extra caution in elderly patients because they are at high risk of getting low blood sugar (hypoglycemic event).

Q. Is Rastinon 500mg Tablet useful in the management for prediabetes?

The Rastinon 500mg Tablet is not used for the management of prediabetes, a condition with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to label you as diabetic. There are clinical studies available, but the evidence is not strong enough for its use in prediabetes.

Q. How is Rastinon 500mg Tablet different from teneligliptin?

Both Rastinon 500mg Tablet and teneligliptin are antidiabetic medicines and control blood sugar levels effectively. However, they work in different ways and have a different mechanism of action and side effects. Rastinon 500mg Tablet commonly causes hypoglycemia and weight gain while teneligliptin causes headache and nasopharyngitis. Teneligliptin causes hypoglycemia when used along with insulin or sulfonylureas and does not cause weight gain.

Q. Can I skip Rastinon 500mg Tablet for a few days?

No, Rastinon 500mg Tablet should not be skipped, as it can make your diabetes worse. If you miss the dose by mistake, take it as soon as you remember.

Q. Can I take Rastinon 500mg Tablet if I have a sulfa allergy?

Use of Rastinon 500mg Tablet should be avoided if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to sulfonylureas or sulfonamides or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.

Q. Does Rastinon 500mg Tablet cause weight gain?

Yes, Rastinon 500mg Tablet can cause weight gain. It is advisable to closely monitor your diet and do regular exercise while taking this medicine. Avoid skipping your meals as it can cause very low blood sugar levels and you may end up snacking or taking a lot of sugars.

Q. Is there any benefit of taking Rastinon 500mg Tablet with insulin?

Rastinon 500mg Tablet, when used with insulin, can help to control high blood sugar levels. Taking them together can help to lower the dose of insulin but there could also be an increased risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). Dose of these medicines may need to be adjusted along with regular blood sugar level monitoring. Please consult your doctor if you have any doubts and follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get maximum benefit of Rastinon 500mg Tablet.

Q. Is Rastinon 500mg Tablet a Thiazolidinedione?

No, Rastinon 500mg Tablet is not a Thiazolidinedione, it is a sulfonylurea. However, both are antidiabetic medicines but belong to a different group of medicines.

Q. Is Rastinon 500mg Tablet useful in the management of gestational diabetes?

Rastinon 500mg Tablet is not advised to be used for the management of gestational diabetes. Use of Insulin is advised during pregnancy to control the blood glucose levels. However, do not start taking Rastinon 500mg Tablet without otherwise prescribed by the doctor.

Q. Does Rastinon 500mg Tablet cause hair loss?

No, hair loss is not seen with the use of Rastinon 500mg Tablet. However, diabetes itself can lead to hair loss. Talk to your doctor if you have excessive hair loss as it could be due to some other underlying condition or it could be a sign of your diabetes getting worsened.

Q. Is it safe to take Rastinon 500mg Tablet with pioglitazone?

Yes, it is safe to take Rastinon 500mg Tablet with Pioglitazone in patients with diabetes mellitus. Together they can control your blood sugar levels, lower plasma lipid levels and improve blood pressure. However, the risk of very low blood sugar levels can increase and the dose of these medicines may need to be adjusted.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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Pack size  – 10

pack form  – tablet

MORE INFORMATION

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 Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.

Important: We advise you to always read the patient information leaflet inside the medication box, as the generic medication may not always entirely match the patient information leaflet listed. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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