Glimepiride is an antidiabetic drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. Less favorable than metformin. Recommended in combination with diet and exercise. Taken orally. It takes up to 3 hours for glimepiride to reach its maximum effect and lasts about a day. It works primarily by increasing the amount of insulin released from the pancreas. Classified as a second-generation sulfonylurea
Glimepiride is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes ( condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood ). Glimepiride lowers blood sugar by causing the pancreas to produce insulin ( a natural substance that is needed to break down sugar in the body) and helping the body use insulin efficiently. This medication will only help lower blood sugar in people whose bodies produce insulin naturally. Glimepiride is not used to treat type 1 diabetes ( condition in which the body does not produce insulin and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood ) or diabetic ketoacidosis ( a serious condition that may occur if high blood sugar is not treated).
Type 2 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes
Glimepiride is available as an oral tablet. It is usually taken once daily with breakfast or the first main meal of the day. Take glimepiride at about the same time each day so you don't forget to take it. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Take glimepiride as directed. Do not take more or less, or more often than directed by your doctor.
Your doctor will probably start with a low dose of glimepiride and gradually increase the dose as needed. You can adjust the dose of your medicine as needed so that it works best for you. Be sure to tell your doctor. Although glimepiride helps control blood sugar levels, it does not cure diabetes. Continue taking glimepiride even if you feel well. Do not stop taking glimepiride without talking to your doctor.
Common side effects include headache, nausea, and dizziness. Serious side effects may include low blood sugar. . Not recommended for use during pregnancy and lactation.
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