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(na te GLYE nide)
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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
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.
Dosage adjustment for concomitant therapy: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance. Consult drug interactions database for more information.
Refer to adult dosing.
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 Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Monitor therapy
Antidiabetic Agents: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy
CYP2C9 Inhibitors (Moderate): May increase the serum concentration of Nateglinide. Monitor therapy
CYP3A4 Inducers (Strong): May decrease the serum concentration of Nateglinide. Monitor therapy
Direct Acting Antiviral Agents (HCV): May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Eltrombopag: May increase the serum concentration of OATP1B1/1B3 (SLCO1B1/1B3) Substrates. Monitor therapy
Gemfibrozil: May increase the serum concentration of OATP1B1/1B3 (SLCO1B1/1B3) 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 and Ivacaftor: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High Risk with Inhibitors or Inducers). Lumacaftor and Ivacaftor may increase the serum concentration of CYP2C9 Substrates (High Risk with Inhibitors or Inducers). Monitor therapy
Maitake: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Monitor therapy
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Monitor therapy
Pegvisomant: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Monitor therapy
Prothionamide: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Monitor therapy
Quinolones: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Quinolones may diminish the therapeutic effect of Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Specifically, if an agent is being used to treat diabetes, loss of blood sugar control may occur with quinolone use. Monitor therapy
Ritodrine: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
Salicylates: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Monitor therapy
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: May enhance the hypoglycemic effect of Agents with Blood Glucose Lowering Effects. Monitor therapy
Teriflunomide: May increase the serum concentration of OATP1B1/1B3 (SLCO1B1/1B3) Substrates. Monitor therapy
Thiazide and Thiazide-Like Diuretics: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Antidiabetic Agents. Monitor therapy
The following adverse drug reactions and incidences are derived from product labeling unless otherwise specified.
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.
• Bariatric surgery:
– Altered absorption: Absorption may be altered given the anatomic and transit changes created by gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgery (Mechanick 2013; Mingrone 2016).
– Hypoglycemia: May increase the risk of hypoglycemia after gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric band (Mechanick 2013). Insulin secretion and sensitivity may be partially or completely restored after these procedures (gastric bypass is most effective, followed by sleeve, and finally band) (Korner 2009; Peterli 2012). First-phase insulin secretion and hepatic insulin sensitivity have been shown to be significantly improved in the immediate days after gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. The restorative effects of these procedures on peripheral insulin sensitivity may occur later in the 3- to 12-month period after surgery. Where possible, the selection of antidiabetic agents without the potential for hypoglycemia is advised.
• 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).
• 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 2020]).
Pregnancy Risk Factor C Pregnancy Considerations
Information describing the effects of nateglinide on pregnancy outcomes is limited (Twaites 2007).
Poorly controlled diabetes during pregnancy can be associated with an increased risk of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, including diabetic ketoacidosis, preeclampsia, spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, delivery complications, major birth defects, stillbirth, and macrosomia (ACOG 201 2018). 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 2020; Blumer 2013).
Agents other than nateglinide are currently recommended to treat diabetes mellitus in pregnancy (ADA 2020).
What is this drug used for?
• It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes).
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