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Acetohexamide - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Apr 12, 2012
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Information about Acetohexamide

Generic Name : Acetohexamide
Pronunciation : a SEET oh HEX a mide
Latest prescription information about Acetohexamide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y42.3 | Therapeutic Classification : Antidiabetics
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Acetohexamide

International- Dymelor.
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Why is Acetohexamide Prescribed? (Indications)

Acetohexamide is used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus for controlling the high blood sugar level together with diet and exercise.

It stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin and hence it should not be used in type 1 diabetes mellitus. 

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What is the dosage of Acetohexamide?

PO- The recommended dose is 250-1500 mg two times per day; Maximum- 1500 mg/day.

How should Acetohexamide be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Acetohexamide?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney or liver disease, thyroid disorder, heart disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

Patient may experience low blood sugar with the following symptoms: extreme weakness, blurred vision, sweating, trouble speaking, tremor, stomach pain, confusion, seizure, or coma. If it is so consult with your doctor.

It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Acetohexamide?

   Most Common : Swelling, rapid weight gain, increased urination, pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion, weakness.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, low fever, clay-colored stools, jaundice.
   Central Nervous System : Dizziness, drowsiness.
   Miscellaneous : Fever, sore throat and headache.

What are the other precautions for Acetohexamide?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Acetohexamide?

Store it at room temperature.

Last Updated : Jul 2018



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