Individuals with type 2 diabetes can use this medication to manage high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Depending on the patient’s condition, it can be used alone or with other medications, along with a balanced diet (appropriate diet and exercise)

IUPAC name: (2R)-3-phenyl-2-[(4-propan-2-ylcyclohexanecarbonyl)amino]propanoic acid

Drug class: Anti-diabetic drug; meglitinides

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Route of administration: Oral

Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

Netaglinide lowers blood sugar and glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes by stimulating insulin production in pancreatic beta cells. 

Side effects

Netaglinide may cause dizziness, diarrhea, weight gain, weakness, headache, nervousness, tingling of hands & feet, drowsiness, shakiness, low blood sugar level (hypoglycemic).


Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it or have any other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

It is not used to treat individuals with type 1 diabetes.

When you have a history of gout, hepatic or pituitary disease, adrenal insufficiency, or renal issues.

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

It should not be used if you have diabetic ketoacidosis.

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of obtaining low blood sugar levels. It may also cause headaches, vomiting, nausea, flushing, disorientation, and anxiety.

You may have dizziness, changes in vision, or lack of awareness as a result of low or high blood sugar levels.

When your body is stressed, controlling your blood glucose level becomes challenging.

Consult your doctor if you get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding while using this medication.

In the case of pregnancy, consult the doctor.

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