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Side Effects Of Glipizide 5Mg

Side Effects Of Glipizide 5Mg

Glipizide side effects

More common side effects

The more common side effects that can occur with glipizide tablets include:

  • low blood sugar
  • digestive problems such as nausea, diarrhea, or constipation

Serious side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Low blood sugar. Symptoms can include:
  • intense hunger
  • nervousness
  • shakiness
  • sweating, chills, and clamminess
  • dizziness
  • fast heart rate
  • lightheadedness
  • sleepiness
  • confusion
  • blurred vision
  • headache
  • depression
  • irritability
  • crying spells
  • nightmares and crying out in your sleep

Highlights for glipizide

Glipizide oral tablet is available as both a generic and brand-name drug. Brand names: Glucotrol and Glucotrol XL.

Glipizide comes in the form of an immediate-release tablet and an extended-release tablet.

Glipizide is used to treat type 2 diabetes.

How it works

Glipizide belongs to a class of drugs called sulfonylureas. A class of drugs refers to medications that work similarly. They have a similar chemical structure and are often used to treat similar conditions.

Glipizide helps release insulin from your pancreas. Insulin moves sugar from your bloodstream to your cells, where it belongs. This decreases your blood sugar levels.

Dosage and direction

Do not change your dose of Glipizide without first talking to your doctor. A starting dose for immediate release tablets is 5 mg which should be taken 30 minutes before a meal. The maximum dose is 40 mg daily. Maximum dose of extended release tablets should not exceed 20 mg daily. Take it with a full glass of water before a meal. The best result of treatment is achieved when this medication is taken on a regular basis.

Missed dose

If you forgot to take your dose in time, please do it as soon as you remember. But do not take if it is too late or time for your next dose is in a short while. Do not take double doses of this medication or extra doses of it. Take your usual dose next day in the same regular time.


Symptoms of Glipizide overdose are ones of low blood sugar: hunger, nausea, anxiety, cold sweats, weakness, drowsiness, unconsciousness, and coma. If you experience one of them or any unusual symptoms call your doctor immediately.

Drug interaction

Alcohol delays effects of Glipizide by slowing its absorption. Glipizide should be administered 1-2 hours before cholestyramine as the latter affects its absorption. Fluconazole (Diflucan) increases absorption and effectiveness of Glipizide. Medications which lower and rise blood sugar are able to change Glipizide effect: aspirin or another salicylate, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, sulfa-based drugs such as sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra), MAO- inhibitors, beta-blockers such as propranolol (Inderal), thiazide diuretics, steroid medicines such as prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone),estrogens, corticosteroids, thyroid medicines, phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), niacin, phenytoin, and calcium channel blocking drugs.


Store at room temperature between 20-25 C (68-77 F). Store away from moisture, heat, and sunlight. It is not recommended to store in a bathroom and places available for children.

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