Proper Use

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

Carefully follow the special diet your doctor gave you. This is the most important part of controlling your diabetes and will help the medicine work properly. Also, exercise regularly and test for sugar in your blood or urine as directed.

This medicine is only available through a restricted access program. Both you and your doctor must enroll in this program. You might have to sign a consent form in order to receive this medicine and your doctor will closely monitor your progress while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about this.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. It is very important that you read and understand this information. Be sure to ask your doctor about anything you do not understand.

This medicine should be taken with meals to help reduce the unwanted stomach effects that may occur during the first few weeks.

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 form (tablets):
    • For type 2 diabetes:
      • For patients on metformin therapy:
        • Adults—rosiglitazone 4 milligrams (mg) per day plus the dose of metformin already being taken, divided into two doses. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
        • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
      • For patients on rosiglitazone therapy:
        • Adults—metformin 1000 milligrams (mg) per day plus the dose of rosiglitazone already being taken, divided into two doses. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
        • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
      • For patients not on metformin or rosiglitazone therapy:
        • Adults—rosiglitazone 2 milligrams (mg) plus metformin 500 mg once a day or two times a day as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the maximum dose is rosiglitazone 8 mg plus metformin 2000 mg per day, divided into two doses.
        • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
      • For patients previously treated with rosiglitazone and metformin:
        • Adults—The dose is the same as the dose you are already taking. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
        • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

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

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

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.