Prandin is the brand name for the medication repaglinide. It is an oral antidiabetic drug used to help control blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Medicine belongs to a class of medications called meglitinides.

Drug Name: Prandin

Active Ingredient: Repaglinide

Prandin tablets



Form: Tablet

Type: Generic

Prescription Required: Rx

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Prandin works by stimulating the release of insulin from the pancreas, which helps to lower blood sugar levels after meals. It is commonly used alongside diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes.

How to use

Here are general guidelines for the use of Prandin:

  1. Timing: Take medicine within 30 minutes before a meal to ensure it starts working when your blood sugar levels begin to rise after eating.
  2. Meal size: Prandin is most effective when taken before meals that contain carbohydrates. The dose may need adjustment if you skip a meal or have a meal with low carbohydrate content.
  3. Swallowing: Take tablet with a glass of water. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, or break it.
  4. Regular use: Use Repaglinide regularly to maintain consistent blood sugar control.
  5. Blood sugar monitoring: Regularly monitor your blood sugar levels. This helps ensure that Prandin is effectively managing your diabetes.
  6. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar): Drug can sometimes cause low blood sugar. Be aware of the signs and symptoms, such as dizziness, shakiness, sweating, and confusion. Always carry a source of glucose (e.g., glucose tablets or juice) to treat episodes of low blood sugar if needed.


Here are general dosage guidelines for Prandin:

  1. Starting dose: The usual starting dose for Prandin is 0.5 to 1 milligram (mg) taken orally before each main meal.
  2. Maintenance dose: The maintenance dose of Prandin typically ranges from 1 to 4 mg taken orally before each main meal.
  3. Maximum daily dose: The maximum recommended daily dose of Prandin is 16 mg.
  4. Individualized dose: Dosage adjustments may be based on factors such as your blood sugar levels, HbA1c levels, and other individual considerations.

Side effects

Prandin may cause certain side effects, although not everyone experiences them. Common side effects can include:

  1. Hypoglycemia: Medicine lowers blood sugar levels, and this can sometimes lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Symptoms of hypoglycemia may include sweating, shakiness, dizziness, weakness, confusion, headache, or hunger. It is important to be aware of these symptoms and take appropriate measures to treat low blood sugar, such as consuming a source of glucose (e.g., glucose tablets or juice).
  2. Weight gain: Some individuals taking Prandin may experience weight gain. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular physical activity, to manage your weight.
  3. Gastrointestinal effects: Repaglinide can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or upset stomach.
  4. Allergic reactions: In rare cases, Prandin may cause allergic reactions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction.
  5. Liver problems: Drug may rarely cause liver problems.


Prandin should be stored in a cool, dry place away from moisture and direct sunlight. Here are some general guidelines for storing:

  1. Temperature: Store Prandin at room temperature, ideally between 20°C and 25°C (68°F and 77°F). Avoid exposing the medication to extreme temperatures.
  2. Moisture: Keep medicine in its original tightly closed container to protect it from moisture. Do not transfer the tablets to a different container unless directed by your pharmacist.
  3. Light: Protect Repaglinide from direct sunlight or intense artificial light. Exposure to light can degrade the medication's effectiveness.
  4. Keep out of reach of children: Store Prandin in a place where children cannot access it. Consider using child-resistant containers to enhance safety.
  5. Medication packaging: Keep tablets in its original packaging until it is time to take a dose. The packaging is designed to protect the medication from environmental factors.
  6. Check expiration date: Regularly check the expiration date of Prandin and discard any expired medication. Expired medication may be less effective or potentially harmful.

It is important to follow the specific storage instructions provided with your Prandin prescription.

Always keep medications out of reach of children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drains unless instructed to do so. Properly discard any unused or expired medications according to local regulations or guidelines.


An overdose of Repaglinide can have serious consequences and requires immediate medical attention. If you suspect an overdose or have taken more Prandin than prescribed, contact your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Symptoms of a Prandin overdose may include:

  1. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar): Taking too much Repaglinide can cause a drop in blood sugar levels, leading to symptoms such as sweating, shakiness, dizziness, weakness, confusion, headache, or hunger. Severe hypoglycemia can result in loss of consciousness or seizures.
  2. Unusual or persistent symptoms: An overdose of Prandin may cause other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or other gastrointestinal disturbances.

If you or someone else has taken an overdose of Prandin, it is important to provide as much information as possible to the medical professionals, including the amount ingested and when it was taken. If available, bring the medication packaging or label to the emergency room to assist in assessment and treatment.

In cases of Prandin overdose, treatment may involve measures to raise blood sugar levels, such as administering intravenous glucose or oral carbohydrates. Close monitoring of blood sugar levels and other vital signs may be necessary.

Missed Doses

If you happen to miss a dose of Prandin, here are some general guidelines to follow:

  1. Timing: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.
  2. Blood sugar monitoring: If you miss a dose of Prandin, closely monitor your blood sugar levels to ensure they are within your target range.
  3. Meal planning: If you miss a dose of Repaglinide and it is closer to a mealtime, consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance on whether to take the missed dose or wait until your next scheduled dose. The decision may depend on factors such as your blood sugar levels and the timing of the missed dose relative to your meal.
  4. Do not take extra doses: It is important not to take extra doses of Prandin to make up for missed ones, as this can increase the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Stick to your prescribed dosing schedule.

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