Proper Use

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Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Follow carefully the special diet your doctor gave you. This is an important part of controlling your condition, and is necessary if the medicine is to work properly.

Test for sugar in your urine or blood with a diabetic urine or blood test kit as directed by your doctor. This is a convenient way to make sure your condition is being controlled, and it provides an early warning when it is not. Your doctor may also want you to test your urine for acetone.

This medicine comes in two forms: capsules and suspension. Do not switch from one dosage form to another unless your doctor tells you to do so.

Take this medicine at the same time each day.

Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

Measure the oral suspension with a marked dropper that comes with the package. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid. Shake well before each use.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (capsules or suspension):
    • For low blood sugar:
      • Adults and children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The starting dose is usually 3 to 8 milligram (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight, divided into two or three doses, taken every 8 to 12 hours. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed and tolerated.
      • Newborn babies and infants—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The starting dose is usually 8 to 15 mg per kg of body weight, divided into two or three doses, taken every 8 to 12 hours. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed and tolerated.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Protect the medicine from light. Do not freeze the oral suspension.