What Galvus 50mg is used for:
Galvus 50mg uses to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus either alone (if you are unable to take metformin) or in combination with certain other medicines (metformin, or a sulfonylurea medicine, or pioglitazone, or metformin and a sulfonylurea, or insulin injections), when diet plus exercise plus the single or dual medicines do not provide adequate blood sugar level control.
Do not take Galvus if you have an allergy to:
vildagliptin or to any of the other ingredients listed at the end of this Galvus 50mg
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath;
wheezing or difficulty breathing;
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body;
rash, itching or hives on the skin.
How much to take:
The usual dose is 50mg or 100mg daily. The Galvus 50mg dose should be taken as 50mg once a day (morning). The Galvus 100mg dose is taken as 50mg twice a day (in the morning and evening).
Your doctor will monitor your blood glucose levels and may increase or decrease the dose of Galvus 50mg to maintain good control of your diabetes.
Your doctor will prescribe Galvus either alone or in combination with other antidiabetic medicines, if that medicine or medicines do not sufficiently control your blood sugar level.
How to take it:
Swallow Galvus 50mg tablets whole with a glass of water.
If your doctor has prescribed 100mg a day, take one 50 mg tablet in the morning and one 50 mg tablet in the evening. Do not take two tablets together at any one time.
When to take it:
Take your medicine at about the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it. It does not matter if you take this medicine before or after food.
How long to take it:
Continue Galvus 50mg works for as long as your doctor tells you to. Your doctor will check your progress to make sure the medicine is working and will discuss with you how long your treatment should continue.
If your doctor has told you to stop your treatment with Galvus because of liver problems, you should never start taking Galvus again.
Do not stop taking Galvus unless your doctor tells you to.
If you forget to take it:
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed. This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Things to be careful of:
Be careful driving, operating machinery or doing jobs that require you to be alert until you know how this medicine affects you. If your blood glucose level becomes too low, you may feel dizzy, lightheaded, weak or tired and your reaction time may be slower than usual.
If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking vildagliptin Galvus 50mg even if you do not think it is connected with the medicine.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the Galvus 50mg side effects.
Do not be alarmed by these lists of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor, pharmacist or diabetes educator to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects and they worry you:
swelling of the hands, ankles or feet
low blood glucose
a burning sensation in the chest rising up to the throat (‘heartburn’)
excessive decreased blood glucose
peeling of skin or blisters
Keep your medicine in the original container until it is time to take it. Store it in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Do not store Galvus 50mg or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Keep the medicine where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
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