The Medicine That I have Been Prescribed

Nogluc (Glibenclamide)

 

Nogluc (brand name) also known as Glibenclamide is used for treatment and management of diabetes in Kenya.

During my research, I found that the reason the doctor wants me to take Nogluc is to Stimulate insulin production. However, in my own understanding, and I stand to be corrected, (type 2 diabetes) the disease is too much insulin.

On long-term use, Nogluc may have extrapancreatic effect (ie originating outside of the pancreas). It is only useful when some beta-cell activity is intact. Does that mean the doctor is prescribing this medicine only if my pancreas is able to produce insulin? Is this medicine then helping me to get better or is it waiting until such time my pancreas will fail to work? I have a feeling this is not helping me cure the real disease.

Common side effects that I have experienced are like nausea and upset stomach.

I have read that Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) can occasionally occur as a side effect as well. Other effects include hepatitis and cholestatic jaundice, leucopenia, thrombocytopenia. Thankfully I have not experienced them.

 

Metformin

Metformin is marketed under the trade name Glucophage among others. The one that’s prescribed to me is trademarked Novartis. Metformin is the first-line medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, particularly in people who are overweight.

The ultimate goals of Metformin are to lower blood sugar to a normal level and maintain this level. As I am leaning now, High blood sugar is a symptom and not the disease. The disease is too much insulin.

I have been advised that Metformin should be used in combination with a diet and exercise programme for the best results.

One side effect of taking Metformin that I have found in my research, is lactic acidosis. This is the build-up of Lactic acid in the body, which results in an excessively low pH.

Symptoms of Lactic acidosis may include:

Feeling weak or tired

Muscle pains

Breathing trouble

Stomach discomfort

Feeling cold or dizzy

Developing a slow/irregular heartbeat

(I am luck that I have not felt this symptoms.)

Cardace

Cardace is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. It is effective when used alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medicines.

Cardace tablets 5mg contain ramipril an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, used to treat hypertension, to protect against cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure, by widening blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.

I am yet to know if Cardace is a statins drug.

In conclusion I don’t think I am in any way treating the main issue here. I know the popular belief is that diabetes is supposed to be progressive and chronic, however many anecdote evidences are cropping up to proof this belief wrong.

Post Author: Eliud Muya