What is Eucreas?
Eucreas is prescribed to effectively control your blood glucose (blood sugar) level. It contains two active ingredients:
- Vildagliptin, a medicine that stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin and helps the body to process glucose better after meals.
- Metformin, a medicine that increases the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin.
This combination of medicines helps stabilise and regulate the amount of glucose in the blood.
What is it used for?
Eucreas is prescribed in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a type of diabetes that used to be referred to as age-related diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood glucose level, causing symptoms as increased thirst, fatigue, frequent urination and slow-healing sores or cuts. Eucreas helps to stabilise your blood glucose, reduces symptoms and prevents complications.
How to use Eucreas
Eucreas tablets should be swallowed whole with some liquid at about the same time each day, preferably with or directly after meals to avoid stomach distress. If you have forgotten to take your dose of Eucreas, you may take the missed dose unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Never take a double dose to make up for the forgotten one.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual dose for adults aged 18 years and over is:
- One tablet twice a day.
The duration of the treatment is decided by your doctor. Always follow the prescription exactly - never take more or less than your doctor recommends.
Eucreas may have side effects, although not everyone gets them. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms or loss of appetite
- Low blood glucose (causing symptoms such as trembling, headache, perspiration, poor eyesight)
- Joint pain
- Common cold symptoms, such as a sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose and coughing
- Dizziness, headache
When not to use this medicine
Eucreas is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this medicine if:
- You are allergic to vildagliptin, metformin or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You recently had a heart attack;
- You have diabetic ketoacidosis;
- You have kidney or liver problems;
- You consume alcohol excessively (incidentally, regularly or daily).
Consult a doctor on the use of Eucreas if you have a health condition that is not listed above. Eucreas may influence the effect of other medicines and vice versa. You should therefore tell your doctor what medicines you are already using. For more information on the above, see the package leaflet.
Do not use Eucreas if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding. Consult your doctor about alternative glucose-reducing medications.
Eucreas may cause dizziness, poor eyesight and hypoglycaemia (hypo). Stay out of traffic if you experience these side effects and always measure your blood sugar level before leaving home.
The combination of alcohol and Eucreas can increase the risk lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis is a serious condition that can lead to stomach ache, vomiting and even loss of consciousness. You should therefore avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine.