Compare Starlix vs. Prandimet

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Lowers blood sugar.

Starlix (nateglinide) can quickly lower your blood sugar, but needs to be timed with your meals.

Lowers blood sugar.

Prandimet (metformin / repaglinide) effectively controls blood sugar levels for patients who are not controlled on either metformin or repaglinide alone.

Upsides
  • Can quickly lower blood sugar.
  • Good alternative if you have poor kidney function.
  • Can be safely used in people 65 and older.
  • Widely available in generic (cheaper) form.
  • Prandimet (metformin / repaglinide) combines 2 medications into one pill, which makes it easier to take.
  • Prandimet (metformin / repaglinide) is fast-acting and reaches full effect within an hour.
Downsides
  • Take during mealtime.
  • May need to take as often as three times daily.
  • Can easily cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if you don't maintain a consistent diet or exercise schedule.
  • Prandimet (metformin / repaglinide) should not be used in those with liver or kidney problems.
  • Has to be taken with meals.
  • Should not be used in children under 18 years old.
  • May cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Common cold
    11%
  • Back pain
    4%
  • Flu symptoms
    4%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Joint problems
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Accidental trauma
    3%
  • Inflammation of the airways
    3%
  • Coughing
    2%
  • Low blood sugar
    2%
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6possible side effects
  • Digestive problems
    33%
  • Low blood sugar
    33%
  • Headache
    22%
  • Diarrhea
    19%
  • Nausea
    15%
  • Common cold
    11%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    • Changes in meal pattern
    • Changes in how much exercise you do
    • Taking other antidiabetic medications
    • Bad liver or renal function
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  • Excess lactic acid
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Using contrast dye for procedures
    • Surgery
    • Alcohol use
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    • Alcoholism
    • Changes in meal pattern
    • Changes in exercise
    • Insulin
    • Other antidiabetic medications
  • Interactions with other drugs
    • Taking certain medications that increase the amount of Prandimet (metformin / repaglinide)
  • Heart damage
    • Using Novolin or Humulin
  • Low vitamin B12 levels
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