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Glimepiride Dosage

glimepiride dosage

Description

Glimepiride is a long-acting oral anti-diabetic which lower the blood sugar level. It is used only in patients diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. It may be used along with Insulin or other medicines in order to achieve better control over the blood sugar levels. This medicine, when taken along with a controlled diet and regular exercise routine, may give better results.

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 does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Glimepiride belongs to a group of medications known as oral hypoglycemics. It is used to control blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes. It is used when diet, exercise, and weight reduction have not been found to control blood sugar well enough on their own. Glimepiride increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas and helps the body use insulin more efficiently.

Glimepiride may be used in combination with metformin or insulin when diet and exercise and the use of these medications on their own do not provide adequate control of blood sugar.

How to take glimepiride

All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

Drug forms and strengths

Generic: Glimepiride

Form: oral tablet

Strengths: 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, 4 mg, 6 mg, and 8 mg

Brand: Amaryl

Dosage for type 2 diabetes

Adult dosage (ages 18 to 64 years)

  • The recommended starting dose is 1 mg or 2 mg taken once per day with breakfast or the first main meal of the day.
  • After reaching a dose of 2 mg per day, your doctor may increase your dose by 1 mg or 2 mg based on your blood sugar levels. They may increase your dose every 1 to 2 weeks until your blood sugar levels are controlled.
  • The maximum recommended dose is 8 mg taken once per day.

Child dosage (ages 0 to 17 years)

Glimepiride isn’t recommended for people under 18 years old because it may affect body weight and cause low blood sugar.

Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older)

  • The starting dose is 1 mg taken once per day with breakfast or the first main meal of the day.
  • Your doctor may adjust your dose based on your blood sugar levels. Since seniors may be more sensitive to glimepiride and are more likely to have decreased kidney function, your doctor may increase your dose more slowly.
  • The maximum recommended dose is 8 mg taken once per day.

For people with kidney disease: Because you’re at risk for low blood sugar, your dose of glimepiride will likely be lower than the typical dose.

  • The starting dose is 1 mg taken once per day with breakfast or the first main meal of the day.
  • Your dose of glimepiride may be adjusted based on your blood sugar levels.
  • The maximum recommended dose is 8 mg taken once per day.

For people with liver disease: If you have liver disease, you may be more sensitive to the effects of glimepiride. Your doctor may start you at a lower dose and slowly increase your dose if needed.

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