Medically reviewed on August 12, 2018
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Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Starlix: 60 mg, 120 mg
Generic: 60 mg, 120 mg
Brand Names: U.S.
- Antidiabetic Agent, Meglitinide Analog
Nonsulfonylurea hypoglycemic agent which blocks ATP-dependent potassium channels, depolarizing the membrane and facilitating calcium entry through calcium channels. Increased intracellular calcium stimulates insulin release from the pancreatic beta cells. Nateglinide-induced insulin release is glucose-dependent.
Hepatic via hydroxylation followed by glucuronide conjugation via CYP2C9 (70%) and CYP3A4 (30%) to metabolites, including M1 (a major metabolite)
Urine (83%, 16% as unchanged drug); feces (10%)
Onset of Action
Insulin secretion: ~20 minutes; Peak effect: 1 hour
Time to Peak
Duration of Action
98%, primarily to albumin
Special Populations: Renal Function Impairment
Accumulation of M1, a major metabolite with modest hypoglycemic activity, was observed following repeated administration in patients with severe renal impairment (CrCl <17 mL/minute/1.73 m2). Hemodialysis sessions did significantly reduce M1 levels in these patients (Inoue 2003).
Special Populations: Hepatic Function Impairment
Cmax increased 37% and AUC increased 30% in patients with mild hepatic insufficiency.
Use: Labeled Indications
Diabetes mellitus, type 2: Treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control
Guideline recommendations: Meglitinides (eg, nateglinide) are generally not used in patients with type 2 diabetes except in specific situations, such as patients with irregular meal schedules, those who develop late postprandial hypoglycemia when taking a sulfonylurea, or instead of a sulfonylurea in patients with sulfa allergies (ADA 2018a).
Hypersensitivity to nateglinide or any component of the formulation
Diabetes mellitus, type 2: Oral: Initial and maintenance dose: 120 mg 3 times daily before meals. Patients close to HbA1c goal at initiation of therapy may be started at 60 mg 3 times daily
Refer to adult dosing.
Dosing: Renal Impairment
Mild to moderate impairment: No dosage adjustment necessary.
Severe impairment: Initiate conservatively at 60 mg 3 times daily with meals if eGFR <30 mL/minute/1.73 m2 (ADA 2018d). Use with caution due to potential accumulation of a metabolite with hypoglycemic activity (Inoue 2003).
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
Mild impairment (Child-Pugh class A): No dosage adjustment necessary although pharmacokinetics are altered (peak and total exposure increases).
Moderate to severe impairment (Child-Pugh class B or C): There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer's labeling (has not been studied); however, use with caution due to potential for hypoglycemia.
Oral: Administer 1 to 30 minutes prior to meals. Scheduled dose should not be administered if a meal is missed to avoid hypoglycemia.
Nateglinide should be taken 1 to 30 minutes prior to meals. Scheduled dose should not be taken if meal is missed to avoid hypoglycemia. Individualized medical nutrition therapy (MNT) based on ADA recommendations is an integral part of therapy.
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions are permitted between 15˚C and 30˚C (59˚F and 86˚F).
Alpha-Lipoic Acid: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Androgens: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Exceptions: Danazol. Monitor therapy
Antidiabetic Agents: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy
Ceritinib: May increase the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High risk with Inhibitors). Management: Concurrent use of ceritinib with a CYP2C9 substrate that has a narrow therapeutic index (eg, warfarin, phenytoin) should be avoided when possible. Monitor therapy
CYP2C9 Inhibitors (Moderate): May increase the serum concentration of Nateglinide. Monitor therapy
Dabrafenib: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Management: Seek alternatives to the CYP2C9 substrate when possible. If concomitant therapy cannot be avoided, monitor clinical effects of the substrate closely (particularly therapeutic effects). Consider therapy modification
Eltrombopag: May increase the serum concentration of OATP1B1/SLCO1B1 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Enzalutamide: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Management: Concurrent use of enzalutamide with CYP2C9 substrates that have a narrow therapeutic index should be avoided. Use of enzalutamide and any other CYP2C9 substrate should be performed with caution and close monitoring. Consider therapy modification
Gemfibrozil: May increase the serum concentration of OATP1B1/SLCO1B1 Substrates. See separate drug interaction monographs for agents listed as exceptions. Monitor therapy
Guanethidine: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Herbs (Hypoglycemic Properties): May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy
Hyperglycemia-Associated Agents: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of other Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy
Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents: Antidiabetic Agents may enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy
Lumacaftor: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High Risk with Inhibitors or Inducers). Lumacaftor may increase the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High Risk with Inhibitors or Inducers). Monitor therapy
MiFEPRIStone: May increase the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High risk with Inhibitors). Management: Use CYP2C9 substrates at the lowest recommended dose, and monitor closely for adverse effects, during and in the 2 weeks following mifepristone treatment. Consider therapy modification
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Pegvisomant: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Prothionamide: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Quinolones: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Quinolones may diminish the therapeutic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Specifically, if an agent is being used to treat diabetes, loss of blood sugar control may occur with quinolone use. Monitor therapy
Rifapentine: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Monitor therapy
Ritodrine: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Salicylates: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Blood Glucose Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy
Teriflunomide: May increase the serum concentration of OATP1B1/SLCO1B1 Substrates. Monitor therapy
Thiazide and Thiazide-Like Diuretics: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Tolvaptan: May increase the serum concentration of OATP1B1/SLCO1B1 Substrates. Consider therapy modification
As reported with nateglinide monotherapy:
>10%: Respiratory: Upper respiratory infection (11%)
1% to 10%:
Central nervous system: Dizziness (4%)
Endocrine & metabolic: Hypoglycemia (2%), increased uric acid, weight gain
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Arthropathy (3%)
Respiratory: Flu-like symptoms (4%)
Miscellaneous: Accidental injury (3%)
Postmarketing and/or case reports: Cholestatic hepatitis, hypersensitivity reaction (including pruritus, rash, urticaria), increased liver enzymes, jaundice
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Hypoglycemia: May cause hypoglycemia; risk factors include inconsistent nutrition, physical activity changes, concomitant use with other antidiabetic therapy, ethanol use, renal impairment, and hepatic impairment. Appropriate patient selection, dosage, and patient education are important to avoid hypoglycemic episodes.
• Adrenal/pituitary impairment: Use with caution in patients with adrenal and/or pituitary impairment; may be more susceptible to glucose-lowering effects.
• Hepatic impairment: Use with caution in patients with moderate-to-severe hepatic impairment due to risk of hypoglycemia.
• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with severe renal impairment; use may result in prolonged hypoglycemia due to accumulation of a metabolite with hypoglycemic activity (Inoue 2003).
• Stress-related states: It may be necessary to discontinue nateglinide and administer insulin if the patient is exposed to stress (eg, fever, trauma, infection, surgery).
Concurrent drug therapy issues:
• Drug-drug interactions: Potentially significant interactions may exist, requiring dose or frequency adjustment, additional monitoring, and/or selection of alternative therapy. Consult drug interactions database for more detailed information.
• Appropriate use: Not for use in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) or patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus.
• Malnourished patients: Use with caution in malnourished patients; may be more susceptible to glucose-lowering effects.
Weight, lipid profile, fasting blood glucose (periodically and during dosage titration), and HbA1c (at least twice yearly in patients who have stable glycemic control and are meeting treatment goals; quarterly in patients not meeting treatment goals or with therapy change [ADA 2018a]).
Pregnancy Risk Factor
Adverse events have been observed in some animal reproduction studies. Information describing the effects of nateglinide on pregnancy outcomes is limited (Twaites 2007).
In women with diabetes, maternal hyperglycemia can be associated with congenital malformations as well as adverse effects in the fetus, neonate, and the mother (ACOG 2005; ADA 2018c; Metzger 2007). To prevent adverse outcomes, prior to conception and throughout pregnancy maternal blood glucose and HbA1c should be kept as close to target goals as possible but without causing significant hypoglycemia (ADA 2018c; Blumer 2013). Agents other than nateglinide are currently recommended to treat diabetes in pregnant women (ADA 2018c).
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience common cold symptoms. Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of low blood sugar (dizziness, headache, fatigue, feeling weak, shaking, tachycardia, confusion, increased hunger, or sweating) (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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