Ask the Pharmacist Archive
- What type of over-the-counter medicine can I take for cough? I have type 2 diabetes and take glyburide/metformin 2.5/500mg.
- I am on metformin 500mg two a day and one Tradjenta® 5mg a day. I just started Lantus® 10 units at night. When will it start working?
- There is a great deal of confusion regarding the postprandial blood glucose test. Some doctors say that it should be done 90 minutes after a meal whereas some others suggest 2 hours. Please clarify what is best and if both are OK, what are the normal levels for both?
- My relative works, but does not have insurance and is currently on insulin. Are there any programs that can help him?
I am taking Lantus® and need to know if I can also take Byetta®?
Lantus® and Byetta® work in different ways to lower blood glucose levels and are often used together to manage type 2 diabetes.
I am on metformin 500mg two a day and one Tradjenta® 5mg a day. I just started Lantus® 10 units at night. When will it start working?
Lantus starts to lower blood glucose approximately 1.5 hours after it is injected, and lasts about 24 hours. It may take a few months and several dose adjustments to find the dose of Lantus that is right for you. Continue to take your medication and test your blood glucose as directed, and be sure to report any episodes of consistently high or consistently low blood glucose levels to your doctor.
There is a great deal of confusion regarding the postprandial blood glucose test. Some doctors say that it should be done 90 minutes after a meal whereas some others suggest 2 hours. Please clarify what is best and if both are OK, what are the normal levels for both?
Peak postprandial plasma glucose levels occur 1-2 hours after the beginning of the meal, so testing 90 minutes or 2 hours after a meal are both appropriate. In general, the recommended postprandial glucose level for non-pregnant adults with diabetes is less than 180 mg/dL. More or less stringent goals may be recommended for some people.
Consult your doctor to determine the level appropriate for you.
My relative works, but does not have insurance and is currently on insulin. Are there any programs that can help him?
- The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) which was created to help qualifying patients without prescription coverage obtain medications at a reduced price or free of charge through public or private programs. Their mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. You may contact the PPA by phone at 888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669) or through the Internet at www.pparx.org.
- The Together RX Access program allows qualifying patients to save on certain prescription medications. This card is made possible through a coalition of pharmaceutical companies. To enroll, you may call 800-444-4106 or obtain the form to enroll online at www.togetherrxaccess.com.
You may also contact the manufacturer of your medication directly in order to obtain information about available patient assistance programs.
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