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Glimepiride Brand Name

glimepiride brand name

Descriptions

Glimepiride is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. It may be used alone, or in combination with insulin or another oral medicine such as metformin. In type 2 diabetes, insulin produced by the pancreas is not able to get sugar into the cells of the body where it can work properly. Using this medicine will help lower blood sugar when it is too high and help restore the way you use food to make energy. . Some people can control type 2 diabetes with diet alone or diet and exercise. Following a specially planned diet and exercising will always be important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking medicines. To work properly, the amount of glimepiride you take must be balanced against the amount and type of food you eat and the amount of exercise you do.

Why it's used

Glimepiride is used to reduce high blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It’s used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. This medication may be used with insulin or other types of diabetes drugs to help control your high blood sugar.

How it works

Glimepiride belongs to a class of drugs called sulfonylureas. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Glimepiride helps your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin is a chemical that your body makes to move sugar (glucose) from your bloodstream into your cells. Once the sugar enters your cells, they can use it as fuel for your body.

With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin, or it can't properly use the insulin that it makes, so the sugar stays in your bloodstream. This causes high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia).

What Should I Discuss With My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Glimepiride (Amaryl)?

You should not use glimepiride if you are allergic to it, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with insulin).

To make sure glimepiride is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • heart disease;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • an allergy to sulfa drugs;

an enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD);

  • adrenal or pituitary gland problems; or
  • if you are under-nourished.

It is not known whether glimepiride will harm an unborn baby. Similar diabetes medications have caused severe hypoglycemia in newborn babies whose mothers had used the medication near the time of delivery. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Proper diet: Glimepiride is a treatment to be used in combination with a proper diet. Glimepiride is not as a substitute for a proper diet.

Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?

Allergy: Some people who are allergic to sulfonamide antibiotics or other similar diabetes medications also experience allergic reactions to glimepiride. Before you take glimepiride inform your doctor about any previous adverse reactions you have had to medications, especially to antibiotics or other diabetes medications.

Worsening of condition: Over time, glimepiride may become less effective because of the worsening of diabetes. Talk to your doctor if glimepiride no longer controls your blood glucose to target levels. Your doctor may ask you to stop this medication, or continue this medication and take an additional antidiabetic medication to help control your blood sugar.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if glimepiride passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.

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