INTRODUCTION TO GLYPRIDE 4MG
Glypride 4mg tablets belong to a group of drugs called sulfonylureas and are used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. It helps control blood sugar levels in diabetics, preventing serious diabetes complications such as kidney damage and blindness. Glypride 4mg Tablet can be used alone or with other medications. It should be taken right before or with the first meal of the day. Drink regularly at the same time every day for maximum benefits. You’re doctor will decide what dose is best for you. This can change from time to time depending on you’re blood sugar levels.
Keep taking Glypride 4mg tablets even if you feel well or you’re blood sugar is under control. If you stop taking it without talking to you’re doctor, you’re blood sugar level can increase and you risk diabetes complications such as kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, and limb loss. Keep in mind that this is only part of a treatment regimen, which should also include a healthy diet, regular exercise and weight loss as directed by you’re doctor. You’re lifestyle plays a big role in controlling diabetes.
You should not take Glypride 4mg Tablet if you have type 1 diabetes mellitus, diabetic ketoacidosis (high blood acidity), or severe kidney or liver disease. Before taking this medication, tell you’re doctor if you have ever had heart disease, thyroid disease, or certain hormone imbalances, as they may not be suitable for you. Pregnant or nursing women should also consult their doctor before taking it. You’re blood sugar level should be checked regularly and you’re doctor may also recommend blood tests to monitor you’re blood cell count and liver function.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GLIMEPIRIDE:
Avoid taking Glimepiride medication if you are allergic to glimepiride, or if you are suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis. Before taking Glimepiride, remember to inform you’re doctor if you are allergic to any sulfa drugs; or if you have heart, liver, or kidney disease; suppressed enzymes (G6PD); abnormally functioning pituitary or adrenal glands and related problems; of if you are under-nourished.
Glimepiride medicine lowers blood sugar level. Take care to follow a strict and regimented diet and exercise program while taking this medication. Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can occur if you skip meals, exercise more, drink alcohol, or have stress. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are headache, hunger, weakness, tremors, sweating, irritability, concentrating trouble. Keep a source of sugar like candy or glucose tablets or gel handy.
Glimepiride medication will not control you’re diabetic problems single-handedly. You have to maintain strict diet, exercise and weight control measures and may also require other medications. Going slack in any of these can result in you’re condition going out of control and can be dangerous. Glimepiride belongs to FDA category C meaning it is not known whether it can be harmful to you’re unborn baby if you are pregnant. Talk to you’re doctor about it. Also ask you’re doctor if it is safe to take this medication while you are breastfeeding in case you are nursing you’re baby.
BEFORE TAKING GLIMEPIRIDE:
Take care of all precautions which are mentioned above before you take Glimepiride medication. You must not take Glimepiride medication if you are afllergic to glimepiride.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE GLIMEPIRIDE?
You should take Glimepiride medication strictly as directed by you’re doctor. Don’t change the dosage under any situation unless or otherwise advised by you’re doctor or you may witness dangerous effects of the medication. You’re doctor may alter the dosage if you are ill, have an infection, or any scheduled surgery or medical emergency.
Glimepiride medication is usually taken once a day after breakfast or the first main meal of the day or according to you’re doctor’s advice. Take it with a full glass of water. You will have to closely monitor you’re blood sugar level and other blood parameters. Don’t miss any scheduled medical tests.
Remember to always keep Glimepiride in a cool and dry area, away from moisture and heat. Ensure that children or pets don’t have access to Glimepiride medication.
WHAT IF I MISS A DOSE?
Don’t skip a dose unnecessarily and maintain a strict medication schedule. If you do miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if the time to take the next dose is almost up, don’t take the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Taking two doses close to each other may lead to more amount of drug in you’re body which can be harmful.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I OVERDOSE?
If you take an overdose of Glimepiride and experience any serious conditions, seek emergency medical help or call the Doctor immediately. Overdosing on Glimepiride may lead to effects like excessive weakness, blurred vision, trouble in speaking, tremors, stomach pain, confusion, or seizure.
Things to avoid while taking Glimepiride
Alcohol consumption while taking Glimepiride is strictly not recommended as alcohol can drastically reduce you’re blood sugar which can be dangerous and hinder you’re diabetes control measures.
SIDE EFFECTS OF GLIMEPIRIDE:
SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
• Dark or painful urination
• Increased urinated
• Dark brown clay colored stools pain in stomach
• Shortness in breathe even with mild activity
• Unexplained weight gain
• Pain in chest
• Itching on upper stomach
• Unexpected appetite changes
• Pale skin
• Easy bruising or bleeding
• Increased thirst or hunge
Get emergency medical attention in case of serious and life-threatening side effects.
Glimepiride use results in these common and less serious side effects like cold, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, backache, or dental problems.
The side effects of Glimepiride mentioned above are not an inclusive list of side effects of Glimepiride. You may witness other effects as well. Seek you’re doctor’s advice on side effects.
GLIMEPIRIDE DOSING INFORMATION:
Glimepiride is usually taken once daily after you’re first main meal of the day, normally breakfast or as directed by you’re doctor. Remember that you’re doctor’s advice is final and nothing overrides it. Stick to the dosage prescribed by you’re doctor. Contact him or her if you have any concerns.
INTERACTION WITH OTHER DRUGS:
Let you’re doctor know about these medications if you use them before taking Glimepiride as they can interact with it: albuterol; clonidine; reserpine; beta blockers like carvedilol, labetalol, atenolol, or others.
You may get hyperglycemia (high blood sugar ) if you take Glimepiride with these medications: diuretics; isoniazid; steroids; birth control pills and other hormones; diet pills or medicines to treat asthma, colds or allergies; thyroid medicine; niacin; or phenothiazines.
You may get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if you take Glimepiride with these medications: exenatide; some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; aspirin or other salicylates; exenatide; sulfa drugs; a monoamine oxidase inhibitor; other oral diabetes medications like acarbose, metformin, miglitol, rosiglitazone or others.
These lists of drugs which can interact with Glimepiride are non exhaustive and there may be other drugs which can interfere with Glimepiride functioning thereby increasing or reducing its effects of lowering you’re blood sugar level. Let you’re doctor know about all medications you use, prescribed or OTC or herbal products beforehand for proper prescription. Don’t start a new medication without a doctor’s advice.
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