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What Is Glipizide Used For

what is glipizide used for

Description

Glipizide is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels by helping your pancreas produce insulin. Glipizide is used together with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Glipizide is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels by helping your pancreas produce insulin. Glipizide is used together with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

How should I take glipizide?

Take glipizide exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take the regular tablet 30 minutes before your first meal of the day.Take the glipizide extended-release tablet with your first meal of the day.Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it.Your blood sugar will need to be checked often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor's office.

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

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Many drugs can affect your blood sugar, making it harder to control. Before you start, stop, or change any medication, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how the medication may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high or low blood sugar. (See also Side Effects section.) Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.

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.

Limit alcohol while taking this medication because it can increase your risk of developing low blood sugar. Alcohol can rarely interact with glipizide and cause a serious reaction (disulfiram-like reaction) with symptoms such as facial flushing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or stomach pain. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of alcohol.

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