Glimepiride is generally used in treatment of the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is generally used in treatment of addition to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adult patients with type 2 diabetes.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level)
How to use
Consume this medicine in the dosage and duration as per your doctors advise. While taking Glimepiride, swallow it completely without crushing, breaking or chewing it. Glimepiride is to be taken with food.
How it works
Glimepiride is an anti-diabetic drug. It lowers the bloog glucose levels by increasing the amount of insulin secreted by pancreas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does Glimepiride play any role in the treatment of Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? No, Glimepiride is not known to have any part in the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Q. Is it safe to take Glimepiride and Sitagliptin together?
Intake of Glimepiride along with Sitagliptin can help in better control of blood sugar levels. But, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Hence Discuss your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. Is Glimepiride useful in the management for prediabetes? No, Glimepiride is not used for the control of Prediabetes, a condition with blood glucose levels higher than usual but not high enough to label you as diabetic.
Q. How is Glimepiride different from teneligliptin? Both Glimepiride and teneligliptin work in different ways and have a different mechanism of action and side effects.
teneligliptin causes a headache and nasopharyngitis while Glimepiride generally causes hypoglycemia and weight gain. Teneligliptin used along with insulins or sulfonylureas may cause hypoglycemia and
does not cause weight gain. However, Glimepiride and teneligliptin are commonly antidiabetic medicines and both control blood sugar levels effectively.
Q. Can Glimepiride be given to elderly patients? Yes, Glimepiride can be given to elderly patients. But they are more prone to the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), so important to monitor the blood sugar levels
regularly. Patients should be careful of the signs of hypoglycemia and always keep a quick source of sugar with them like a candy or a fruit juice.
Q. Can Glimepiride cause pancreatitis? No, Glimepiride has not been reported to cause pancreatitis. But it may cause common side effects of low blood sugar level(hypoglycemia), headache, and dizziness, nausea.
Q. Can I skip Glimepiride for few days? Skipping the drug Glimepiride is not advisable since it may cause diabetes even worse.
Q. Is it safe to take Glimepiride with pioglitazone? Yes, Use of Glimepiride with Pioglitazone is safe in patients with diabetes mellitus. Both can help in better control of blood sugar levels. lower plasma lipid levels and increase blood pressure. But, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Hence Discuss your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. Can I take Glimepiride if I have a sulfa allergy? If you are allergic to sulfonylureas or sulfonamides or any of the other constituents of a drug Use of Glimepiride should be avoided.
Q. Does Glimepiride cause hair loss? No, Glimepiride is not seen to cause hair loss. But diabetes itself can lead to hair loss. So Consult your doctor if you have undergone hair loss and it could be a symptom of your diabetes getting worsened
Q. Is it safe to take Glimepiride with vildagliptin? Yes, Intake of Glimepiride along with Vildagliptin can help in better control of blood sugar levels. But, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Hence Discuss your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. How is Glimepiride different from metformin? Glimepiride and metformin are antidiabetic medicines and both control blood sugar levels effectively. but, Both work in different ways and have a different side effect. Glimepiride causes very low blood sugar levels and weight gain while Metformin causes more of stomach upset, like nausea, diarrhea and bloating, vomiting.
Q. How beneficial is it to take metformin with Glimepiride ? Glimepiride and metformin are anti-diabetic medicines both are used to control blood sugar levels in a better way compared to either drug taken alone. But, Glimepiride can cause very low blood glucose levels, Hence necessary for monitoring of blood glucose level.
Q. Is Glimepiride useful in the management of gestational diabetes?
Glimepiride is not recommended for the management of gestational diabetes and insulin can be used to control the blood glucose levels at the time of pregnancy.
Q. Does Glimepiride cause weight gain? While using Glimepiride it is advised to monitor
your diet and do regularly exercise as it may cause weight gain.
Do not skip your meal as it may very low blood sugar levels
and you may end up taking a lot of sugars.
Q. Is there any benefit of taking Glimepiride with insulin? Glimepiride can be used with insulin to control high blood sugar, when taken together it may help to lower the dose of insulin but also increase the risk of hypoglycemia. so, adjustment of dose for these medications are required along with regular blood sugar level monitoring.
Q. Is it safe to take Glimepiride with liraglutide? Intake of Glimepiride along with liraglutide can help in better control of blood sugar levels. But, the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) can increase. Hence Discuss your doctor as a dose adjustment of the two may be needed.
Q. Is Glimepiride a Thiazolidinedione? Glimepiride and Thiazolidinedione are antidiabetic drugs. but comes under a different group of medicines. Hence Glimepiride is a sulfonylurea, it is not a Thiazolidinedione
Glimepiride helps decrease high blood sugar level and avoids long-term complications of diabetes. Take it shortly before or with the first main meal of the day (usually breakfast). Avoid skipping meals.Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and take your other diabetes medicines (if prescribed) alongside.Monitor your blood sugar level regularly while you are taking this medicine. Be careful while driving or operating machinery until you know how Glimepiride affects you.It can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal. Always carry some sugary food or fruit juice with you in case you experience hypoglycemic symptoms such as cold sweats, cool pale skin, tremor, and anxious feeling.Your doctor may check your liver function regularly. Inform your doctor if you develop symptoms such as abdominal pain, loss of appetite, or yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice).
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