Diabetics often rely on medications such as Orinase to help them regulate their blood glucose levels. While it cannot be used to treat type 1 diabetes, Orinase has proven to be an effective option for treating type 2 diabetes.
Also known by its generic name of Tolbutamide, it serves a two-fold purpose. First, it helps the body to produce the insulin that it needs for normal activity and then it assists the body in utilizing that insulin as effectively as possible. This is important since the pancreas has to produce the insulin before this medication can be effective.
This is an oral medication that is normally prescribed to be taken several times a day, at specific times. If a dosage is missed, you should never try to double up on your next dosage. Always take this medication exactly as it is prescribed by your physician.
This drug can become sensitive when it is taken with some other medications, including anticoagulants, certain hormones, high blood pressure medication, antibiotics, MAO inhibitors and others. But unlike some type 2 diabetes medications, Orinase is safe to be taken with diuretics due to the fact that it is only effective for a short period of time.
There are some side effects associated with this medicine. Depending on the individual, it can cause episodes of either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. If either of these situations occur, you should treat it in the same manner that you would normally treat an episode of low or high blood sugar.
Other side effects directly associated with the use of this medication can include fever, itching, redness or a skin rash, yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark-colored stools and dark urine, or unusual bleeding or bruising. If any of these should appear, you should contact your doctor immediately.