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Catanil helps control high blood sugar and prevents kidney problems, heart disease, blindness, impotency and stroke. It stimulates the release of insulin in the body, which lowers the level of blood sugar.

Catanil is a prescription medication distributed under the brand names Orinase, Diabinese, and Tolinase. Catanil is sold under several generic names including Acetohexamide, Tolbutamide and Tolazamide. It is a medication used by patients with type II diabetes.

Catanil is taken orally, usually once a day after breakfast, as prescribed by the doctor. The dosage may vary depending on the medical condition and the response of the patient to the medication. It is best to take the medicine at the same time regularly to get its full benefit. Avoid taking more than what is prescribed to avoid overdose.

Patients taking Catanil may experience side effects including diarrhoea, weight gain, nausea, emesis and loss of appetite. These are minor side effects but it is still important to inform your doctor about these.

There are rare cases of serious side effects that include unusual languidness, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, weakness of the muscles, dark color stool, swelling of feet or hands, muscle weakness, emesis, yellowish skin and eyes and stomach pains. The patient should be taken to a hospital if any of these serious side effects occur.

Catanil can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This side effect may be experienced by patients who do not consume enough calories. It is advisable to always carry some glucose tablets to raise the blood sugar if necessary. You may use substitutes such as orange juice, candy, honey and sugar. It is essential to closely monitor your blood sugar if you are using Catanil.

If you need to use Catanil, inform your doctor if you have any allergies to this or similar medications. Also tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions including kidney problems, heart problems, thyroid problems, liver problem, poor diet or mineral imbalance.

The medication affects your vision and can cause drowsiness so it is advised not to engage in activities such as operating machines, driving and other extreme activities.

Patients taking this medication should avoid alcoholic drinks because it increases the risk of having hypoglycemia. Alcohol interacts with the medication and can cause discomfort and unwanted side effects including stomach pain, nausea, facial flushing and dizziness.

While taking Catanil, it is best to avoid extended exposure to sunlight because the medication causes the body to be more sensitive with the sun. Patients should wear some protective clothing when going outdoors.

Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before taking the medicine to avoid risk to the infant.

This medication is only prescribed by doctors and should not be shared with others.

Catanil has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of catanil

• Molecular formula of catanil is C10H13ClN2O3S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-(4-chlorophenyl)sulfonylmethanamide
• Molecular weight is 276.741 g/mol
Catanil available : 100mg tablets and 250mg tablets

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