3. Who can and can't take Rosicon-MF
Rosicon-MF is prescribed for adults, and children aged 10 years and older.
Rosicon-MF is not suitable for some people. Tell your doctor before starting the medicine if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Rosicon-MF or other medicines in the past
- have uncontrolled diabetes
- have liver or kidney problems
- have a severe infection
- are being treated for heart failure or have recently had a heart attack
- have severe problems with your circulation or breathing difficulties
- drink a lot of alcohol
You may need to stop taking Rosicon-MF before having surgery and certain medical tests. Tell your doctor if you need to have:
- a test such as an X-ray or scan involving the injection of a dye that contains iodine into your blood
- surgery where you'll be put to sleep
You've got some serious tummy troubles.
Rosicon-MF is most notorious for causing a wide array of stomach issues. “It varies from person to person, but up to 40 to 50 percent of people who use classic Rosicon-MF can develop diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and/or gassiness,” says Rodriguez.
Why Rosicon-MF leads to GI distress is unclear, but “because this medication is metabolized by the liver, people who are heavy alcohol drinkers or who already have problems with acid reflux or IBS may be more predisposed to this side effect,” she adds.
Most of the time, your body adjusts after just a couple of days and the symptoms improve; if not, your doctor can adjust the dosage or even take you off the drug.
You should not take Rosicon-MF if you have severe liver problems. Your liver clears lactic acid from your body.
Severe liver problems could lead to a buildup of lactic acid. Lactic acid buildup raises your risk of lactic acidosis. Rosicon-MF also raises your risk, so taking it if you have liver problems is dangerous.
Elderly patients with diabetes are more likely to have decreased renal function with the use of this drug; contraindicated in patients with renal impairment, carefully monitor renal function in the elderly and use with caution as age increases.
Not for use in patients over 80 years unless normal renal function established initial and maintenance dosing of Rosicon-MF should be conservative in patients with advanced age due to the potential for decreased renal function in this population.
Controlled clinical studies of this drug did not include sufficient numbers of elderly patients with diabetes to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients with diabetes.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Rosicon-MF if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
severe kidney disease; or
If you need to have surgery or any type of x-ray or CT scan using a dye that is injected into your veins, you may need to temporarily stop taking Rosicon-MF. Be sure your caregivers know ahead of time that you are using this medication.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
kidney disease (your kidney function may need to be checked before you take this medicine);
high ketone levels in your blood or urine;
heart disease, congestive heart failure;
if you also use insulin, or other oral diabetes medications.
You may develop lactic acidosis, a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in your blood. This may be more likely if you have other medical conditions, a severe infection, chronic alcoholism, or if you are 65 or older. Ask your doctor about your risk.
Follow your doctor's instructions about using this medicine if you are pregnant. Blood sugar control is very important during pregnancy, and your dose needs may be different during each trimester of pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Rosicon-MF.
Rosicon-MF may stimulate ovulation in a premenopausal woman and may increase the risk of unintended pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about your risk.
You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.
Rosicon-MF should not be given to a child younger than 10 years old. Some forms of Rosicon-MF are not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Rosicon-MF is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Rosicon-MF is in a class of drugs called biguanides. Rosicon-MF helps to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. It decreases the amount of glucose you absorb from your food and the amount of glucose made by your liver. Rosicon-MF also increases your body's response to insulin, a natural substance that controls the amount of glucose in the blood. Rosicon-MF is not used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood).
Over time, people who have diabetes and high blood sugar can develop serious or life-threatening complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, nerve damage, and eye problems. Taking medication(s), making lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, exercise, quitting smoking), and regularly checking your blood sugar may help to manage your diabetes and improve your health. This therapy may also decrease your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or other diabetes-related complications such as kidney failure, nerve damage (numb, cold legs or feet; decreased sexual ability in men and women), eye problems, including changes or loss of vision, or gum disease. Your doctor and other healthcare providers will talk to you about the best way to manage your diabetes.
Your head is pounding.
Rosicon-MF doesn't typically cause blood pressure to plummet and lead to hypoglycemia, but it can—and that can cause headaches. "Rosicon-MF alone should not cause hypoglycemia,” Rodriguez explains. But “when we see headaches, it’s usually in a patient on a combination of medications that can drop blood sugars too low.” If you’re experiencing an abnormal amount of headaches or an abnormal type of headache, talk to your doctor about adjusting your medications.
Will my dose go up or down?
Your doctor will check your blood sugar levels regularly and may change your dose of Rosicon-MF if necessary.
When you first start taking Rosicon-MF standard-release tablets, you'll be advised to increase the dose slowly. This reduces the chances of getting side effects.
- 1 500mg tablet with or after breakfast for at least 1 week, then
- 1 500mg tablet with or after breakfast and your evening meal for at least 1 week, then
- 1 500mg tablet with or after breakfast, lunch and your evening meal
If you find you cannot tolerate the side effects of standard-release Rosicon-MF, your doctor may suggest switching to slow-release tablets.
What other drugs will affect Rosicon-MF?
Many drugs can interact with Rosicon-MF, making it less effective or increasing your risk of lactic acidosis. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
What should I avoid while taking Rosicon-MF?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may increase your risk of lactic acidosis.
What if I take too much?
An overdose of a large number of Rosicon-MF tablets can cause serious health problems. The symptoms are severe and quick to appear.
- stomach pain
- fast or shallow breathing
- feeling cold
- unusual sleepiness
- tiredness or weakness