Glucotrol (Glipizide)

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    Glucotrol (Glipizide) Dosage and Side Effects

    It's used along with diet and exercise to help control blood-sugar levels in people who have type 2 diabetes.

    Proper Use of this medication

    GLUCOTROL comes as a tablet in regular and an extended-release form.

    Your doctor may start you on a low dose of GLUCOTROL and gradually increase it.

    The regular tablet is typically taken one or more times a day by mouth, about 30 minutes before meals.

    The extended-release tablet is usually taken by mouth once a day before breakfast.

    Swallow the extended-release tablets whole. Don't chew, crush, or divide them.

    To help you remember to take it, try to take the drug around the same time each day.

    Some forms of GLUCOTROL are made with a shell that's not absorbed in the body.

    Part of the tablet may appear in your stool. This is normal and doesn't mean the drug is less effective.

    Follow your doctor's instructions carefully when taking this medicine.

    Don't take more or less of the drug than is prescribed.

    GLUCOTROL Overdose

    If you suspect an overdose, you should contact a poison-control center or emergency room immediately.

    Missed Dose of GLUCOTROL

    Ask your doctor what to do if you forget a dose of GLUCOTROL, and write down those instructions.

    As a general rule, take the missed dose as soon as you remember.

    However, if it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular dosing schedule.

    Don't double up to make up for a missed one.

    Side Effects

    Common Side Effects of GLUCOTROL

    Call your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:

    • Diarrhea
    • Gas

    Tell your doctor if you have any of the following side effects, and get emergency help if they become severe:

    • Dizziness
    • Jittery feelings
    • Red or itchy skin
    • Rash, hives, or blisters
    • Uncontrollable shaking

    Serious Side Effects of GLUCOTROL

    Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects:

    • Dark urine
    • Light-colored stools
    • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
    • Mental or mood changes
    • Fever
    • Sore throat

    If you have any of the following and can't reach your doctor, you may need emergency medical help:

    • Pain in the upper right area of the stomach
    • Unusual bleeding or bruising
    • Unusual or sudden weight gain
    • Extreme mental or mood changes
    • Seizures
    • Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, or throat

    Warnings and Precautions

    You shouldn't take GLUCOTROL if you have type 1 diabetes (the body doesn't produce any insulin) or diabetic ketoacidosis (a dangerous condition that can occur if high blood sugar is untreated).

    Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had:

    • G6PD deficiency (an inherited enzyme condition)
    • Hormone disorders involving the pituitary, adrenal, or thyroid gland
    • Heart, kidney, or liver disease
    • Short-bowel syndrome (part of the intestine is removed or missing)
    • Narrowing or a blockage of the intestines
    • Ongoing diarrhea

    Tell your healthcare provider that you're taking GLUCOTROL before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure.

    Some diabetes drugs may increase your risk of serious heart problems.

    However, blood sugars that are out of control can damage your heart, or other organs, too. Talk to your doctor about these risks.

    Tell your physician if you experience an illness, fever, injury, or unusual stress while taking GLUCOTROL, because these can change your blood sugar and the GLUCOTROL dosage you need.

    GLUCOTROL may cause changes in your blood sugar.

    You should know the symptoms of high (hyperglycemic) or low (hypoglycemic) blood-sugar episodes and be prepared to treat them.

    Your doctor will probably want to frequently check glucose levels while you're taking GLUCOTROL. Keep all healthcare appointments, including those for lab tests.

    GLUCOTROL can help control blood sugar, but it doesn't cure diabetes.

    Keep taking this medicine even if you feel well, and don't stop it without first talking to your doctor.

    Always wear a diabetic ID bracelet to be sure you get proper treatment in an emergency.

    Pregnancy and GLUCOTROL

    GLUCOTROL harm to an unborn baby is possible.

    Similar drugs have caused severe low blood sugar in newborn babies whose mothers used the medicine near the time of delivery.

    Tell your physician if you are or plan to become pregnant.

    It's not known whether GLUCOTROL passes into breast milk or could harm a breastfeeding baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

    Interactions with this medication

    You shouldn't take GLUCOTROL if you have type 1 diabetes (the body doesn't produce any insulin) or diabetic ketoacidosis (a dangerous condition that can occur if high blood sugar is untreated).

    Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had:

    • G6PD deficiency (an inherited enzyme condition)
    • Hormone disorders involving the pituitary, adrenal, or thyroid gland
    • Heart, kidney, or liver disease
    • Short-bowel syndrome (part of the intestine is removed or missing)
    • Narrowing or a blockage of the intestines
    • Ongoing diarrhea

    Tell your healthcare provider that you're taking GLUCOTROL before having any type of surgery, including a dental procedure.

    Some diabetes drugs may increase your risk of serious heart problems.

    However, blood sugars that are out of control can damage your heart, or other organs, too. Talk to your doctor about these risks.

    Tell your physician if you experience an illness, fever, injury, or unusual stress while taking GLUCOTROL, because these can change your blood sugar and the GLUCOTROL dosage you need.

    GLUCOTROL may cause changes in your blood sugar.

    You should know the symptoms of high (hyperglycemic) or low (hypoglycemic) blood-sugar episodes and be prepared to treat them.

    Your doctor will probably want to frequently check glucose levels while you're taking GLUCOTROL. Keep all healthcare appointments, including those for lab tests.

    GLUCOTROL can help control blood sugar, but it doesn't cure diabetes.

    Keep taking this medicine even if you feel well, and don't stop it without first talking to your doctor.

    Always wear a diabetic ID bracelet to be sure you get proper treatment in an emergency.

    Pregnancy and GLUCOTROL

    GLUCOTROL harm to an unborn baby is possible.

    Similar drugs have caused severe low blood sugar in newborn babies whose mothers used the medicine near the time of delivery.

    Tell your physician if you are or plan to become pregnant.

    It's not known whether GLUCOTROL passes into breast milk or could harm a breastfeeding baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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