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What is Eucreas?

Eucreas is used to treat adult patients with type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Type 2 diabetes occurs if the body does not make enough insulin or if the insulin produced does not work properly. It can also appear if the body produces too much glucagon. Insulin and glucagon are produced in the pancreas. Insulin helps reduce blood sugar levels, especially after meals. Glucagon promotes sugar production by the liver and causes blood sugar levels to rise.

How does it work?

Eucreas combines two antidiabetic drugs with complementary mechanisms of action to improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: vildagliptin, a member of the group of pancreatic islet enhancers, and metformin hydrochloride, a member of the biguanide group.

Vildagliptin, a member of the pancreatic islet enhancers group, is a potent and selective inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4). Metformin works mainly by decreasing endogenous hepatic glucose production.

What are the benefits of taking it?

Eucreas uses includes being indicated in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus:

  • Eucreas is indicated for the treatment of adult patients who are unable to achieve sufficient glycemic control with the maximum tolerated dose of metformin as oral monotherapy or who are already being treated with the combination of vildagliptin and metformin in individual tablets.
  • Eucreas is indicated in combination with a sulfonylurea (i.e. triple combination therapy) as an adjunct to diet and exercise in inadequately controlled adult patients with metformin and a sulfonylurea.
  • Eucreas is indicated in triple combination therapy with insulin as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adult patients in whom a stable dose of insulin and metformin alone does not provide adequate glycemic control.

How do I use it and its dosage?

The dose of Eucreas that each person should take varies depending on their state. Your doctor will tell you exactly how much Eucreas to take.

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. If in doubt, consult your doctor or pharmacist again.

The recommended eucreas tablets dosage is one 50 mg/850 mg or 50 mg/1000 mg film-coated tablet twice daily.

If you have reduced kidney function, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose. Your doctor may also prescribe a lower dose if you are taking a known diabetes medicine such as a sulfonylurea.

Your doctor may prescribe this medication alone or together with certain medications that lower your blood sugar level.

How to use Eucreas

Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. Take one tablet in the morning and one in the evening with or after meals. Taking the tablet after meals will decrease the risk of digestive discomfort.

Follow your doctor's dietary advice. In particular, if you follow a diet for weight control in diabetics, continue the diet while taking Eucreas.

Side effects & precautions

Like all medicines, this diabetes treatment medication can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

You should stop taking Eucreas and see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

Lactic acidosis (very rare: may affect up to 1 user in 10,000):

  • Eucreas can cause a very rare, but very serious side effect, called lactic acidosis. If this happens to you, you should stop taking Eucreas and contact a doctor or the nearest hospital immediately, as lactic acidosis can lead to a coma.
  • Angioedema (rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people): symptoms including a swollen face, tongue or throat, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, a sudden onset of a rash or hives, which may be indicative of a reaction called "angioedema" .
  • Liver disease (hepatitis) (rare): Symptoms including yellowing of the skin and eyes, nausea, loss of appetite, or dark discoloration of the urine, which may be indicative of liver disease (hepatitis).
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) (frequency not known): Symptoms including severe and persistent pain in the abdomen (stomach area), which can reach your back, as well as nausea and vomiting.

Other adverse effects

Some patients have experienced the following side effects while taking Eucreas:

  • Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people): nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain in the stomach area (abdominal pain), loss of appetite.
  • Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people): dizziness, headache, uncontrolled tremor, metallic taste, decreased blood glucose.
  • Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people): swollen joint pain, fatigue, constipation, swollen hands, ankles, or feet (edema).
  • Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people): sore throat, nasal congestion, and fever; signs of having a high level of lactic acid in the blood (known as lactic acidosis) such as drowsiness or dizziness, vomiting, and severe nausea, abdominal pain, irregular heartbeat, or deep, fast breathing; redness of the skin, itching; decreased vitamin B12 levels (paleness, tiredness, mental symptoms such as confusion or memory disturbances).

Some patients have experienced the following side effects while taking Eucreas and a sulfonylurea:

  • Common: dizziness, tremor, weakness, low blood glucose levels, excessive sweating.

Some patients have had the following side effects while taking Eucreas and insulin:

  • Common: headache, chills, nausea (malaise), low blood glucose levels, heartburn.
  • Uncommon: diarrhea, flatulence.

Since the marketing of this product, the following side effects have also been reported:

  • Frequency not known (cannot be estimated from the available data): an itchy rash, inflammation of the pancreas, localized peeling of the skin or blisters, muscle pain.

Buying Eucreas online.

You can buy eucreas tablets online through one of the UK’s leading online pharmacies, Pharmacy Planet. It's easy and convenient. You will need to fill out a short assessment and the item will be delivered directly to your door. If you want to buy diabetes medication online, use Pharmacy Planet, a UK pharmacy you can trust.

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