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Side Effects Of Glipizide

Side Effects Of Glipizide

Description

Glipizide is an effective oral anti-diabetic medicine belonging to sulfonylurea group of medicines. It is used to lower blood glucose levels in patients with type II diabetes mellitus. It is sometimes used along with insulin or other anti-diabetic medicines to achieve better control of the high blood sugar levels. A controlled diet and regular exercise along with anti-diabetic medications may give better results.

Side effects

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Shaking of body
  • Skin Rash
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
  • Dark colored urine
  • Pain in upper abdomen
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Fever
  • Excessive air or gas in stomach
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Decreased heartbeat
  • Elevated liver enzymes

Dosage

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose 30 minutes before the next meal. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose should be skipped to prevent overdosing.

Overdose

Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of overdose may include weakness, shaking of the body, blurred vision, excessive sweating, stomach pain, and seizures. Sometimes, an overdose of Glipizide may cause a rapid fall in blood sugar levels that could be life threatening.

General Instructions

Take Glipizide as instructed by the doctor. Your dosage is likely to change over time based on the response to the medication. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. This medicine should be taken 30 minutes before the first meal of the day. Regular exercise, controlled diet and frequent monitoring of blood sugar levels are recommended while taking any anti-diabetic medicine.

warnings

Hypoglycemia - This medicine can cause moderate to severe lowering of blood glucose levels. The risks are even greater for the elderly, people who are malnourished, and people suffering from kidney/pituitary gland disorders. You should report any such incidence to the doctor. Carry a reliable source of glucose like sugar candy to counteract the effect of low blood sugar levels.

Stress - This medicine should be discontinued and alternative measures to lower blood sugar should be initiated if you have a high level of stress. Stress may be due to an infection, fever, trauma or a recent surgery. Report any such instance to the doctor.

Liver disease - This medicine should be used with caution if you have a liver disease or the normal function of the liver is impaired.

Precautions

Before taking glipizide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, certain hormonal conditions (adrenal/pituitary insufficiency, syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone-SIADH), electrolyte imbalance (hyponatremia).

You may experience blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness due to extremely low or high blood sugar. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

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