Medically reviewed on February 16, 2018.
What is DiaBeta?
DiaBeta is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels.
DiaBeta may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use DiaBeta if you are allergic to it, or if:
you are being treated with bosentan (Tracleer);
you have type 1 diabetes; or
you have diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
hemolytic anemia (a lack of red blood cells);
an enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD);
a nerve disorder affecting bodily functions;
liver or kidney disease; or
an allergy to sulfa drugs.
Before taking DiaBeta, tell your doctor if you have taken another oral diabetes medicine or used insulin during the past 2 weeks.
DiaBeta may increase your risk of serious heart problems, but not treating your diabetes can also damage your heart and other organs. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.
Follow your doctor's instructions about using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby. Blood sugar control is very important during pregnancy, and your dose needs may be different during each trimester of pregnancy.
You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
How should I take DiaBeta?
DiaBeta is usually taken with breakfast or the first main meal of the day.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Your blood sugar will need to be checked often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor's office.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can happen to everyone who has diabetes. Symptoms include headache, hunger, sweating, irritability, dizziness, nausea, fast heart rate, and feeling anxious or shaky. To quickly treat low blood sugar, always keep a fast-acting source of sugar with you such as fruit juice, hard candy, crackers, raisins, or non-diet soda.
Your doctor can prescribe a glucagon emergency injection kit to use in case you have severe hypoglycemia and cannot eat or drink. Be sure your family and close friends know how to give you this injection in an emergency.
Also watch for signs of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) such as increased thirst or urination, blurred vision, headache, and tiredness.
If your doctor changes your brand, strength, or type of DiaBeta, your dosage needs may change. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about the new kind of this medicine you receive at the pharmacy.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. A DiaBeta overdose can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia.
Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia include extreme weakness, nausea, tremors, sweating, confusion, trouble speaking, fast heartbeats, or seizure.
What should I avoid while taking DiaBeta?
If you also take colesevelam, avoid taking it within 4 hours after you take DiaBeta.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may interfere with your diabetes treatment.
DiaBeta could make you sunburn more easily. Avoid sunlight or tanning beds. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
DiaBeta side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling).
Call your doctor at once if you have:
dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
severe skin rash, redness, or itching;
pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
fever, chills, sore throat, mouth sores; or
low levels of sodium in the body--headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady.
Older adults may be more likely to have low blood sugar while taking DiaBeta.
Common side effects may include:
low blood sugar;
nausea, heartburn, feeling full;
muscle or joint pain;
blurred vision; or
mild rash or skin redness.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect DiaBeta?
DiaBeta may not work as well when you use other medicines at the same time. Many other drugs can also affect blood sugar control. 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.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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