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    Brand Name:Starlix
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2000-12-22 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
This drug is available in the following forms:
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About Starlix

Starlix is used to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes) whose high blood sugar cannot be controlled with diet and exercise and who have not been taking other diabetic medicines regularly. Starlix can be given alone or in addition to metformin (GlucophageÒ).

Precautions for Starlix

  • There is a risk of your blood sugar becoming too low when taking diabetes medicine. Strenuous physical exercise, drinking alcoholic beverages, or not eating enough can increase this possibility when taking Starlix.
  • Starlix should not replace or be used in addition to glyburide (Diabeta Ò, MicronaseÒ, GlynaseÒ) or other sulfonylureas (AmarylÒ, DiabineseÒ, GlucotrolÒ). Starlix should not replace metformin.

Side Effects of Starlix

The most common side effect is blood sugar that gets too low (hypoglycemia).

Who Should Not Take Starlix

You should not take Starlix if you have:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the urine)
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Recent Forum Posts on Starlix


I was just diagnosed with Type 11 diabetes and have tried diet, diet, etc. to control my blood sugar and forget it. My Dr. chose Starlix as my first medication, and what a relief, the first pill worked. After a normal meal, my reading was 97! Hooray. It has remained consistant over the last few days with my only side affect being slight dull headache? Not even sure it is a side affect of Starlix. Otherwise, I am feeling better each day.

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I have been a type one diabetic for 42 years. I take 5 units of NPH and 2 to 4 units of Reg. in a.m., then two units of each before dinner. I've had low blood sugar problems during the night. If I test low before dinner, I've been taking 120 mg. of starlix, which gets me through the night, and I end up with an average of 95 the next morning. Please comment.


I work in an assisted living and one of our residents take satrlix. She will not take her starlix, until her meal is in front of her? Is this the right thing for her do do? We have told her she can take it up to 30 mintues before the meal, but she doesnt agree thanks

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How long doesa 120 mg. last-- u
1 hour_? It makes me very sleepy-
is that a side affect?

Taken after meal has begun-still work?



I have been taking Starlix off and on for about 3 years. I took it consistantly for 8 months and it kept my blood sugar stable. It usually works from the very first time a person takes it. It is not as effective if you take it after you have started eating. It works by actually making your pancreas secrete insulin. I had to be off it for about a year because of health insurance problems. I have found it increasingly difficult to control my blood sugar since I stopped it. I started using it again yesterday and hope to stay on it now.

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my husband has just started taking starlix. his blood sugar has dropped. he has a rash, is this common?

Cut Pill/New Prescription

I was just placed on Starlix and was givem 120 mg. I found it reduced my glucose reading down to 58. Can I cut the pill in half or do I need to speak to my doctor about further use or being prescribed 60 mg dosages?


How long does it take for Starlix to work? Will be begin working atfer the first dosage or will it take a few days before I notice the lower levels?


i have just started taking starlix and i am not sure if this is a side effect of the drug or not but prior to taking starlix i was always hungry. since starting the drug two weeks ago i am not hungry and in fact have lost 6 pounds in a two week period. i also feel much better. thanks.

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