What is Glimepiride
Glimepiride is a medicine that is used together with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes. It lowers blood sugar by causing the pancreas to produce insulin and helping the body use insulin efficiently.
Side effects of Glimepiride
Side effects of Glimepiride may include:
- dizziness, headache, tired feeling;
- mild nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;
- increased skin sensitivity to sunlight;
- mild itching or skin rash.
But if you have any of these serious symptoms it is necessary to visit your doctor immediately:
- severe skin rash, itching, redness or irritation;
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, unusual weakness;
- numbness or tingly feeling;
- trouble breathing;
- feeling like you might pass out;
- dark urine, clay-colored stools;
- upper stomach pain, low fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, feeling restless or irritable, confusion, hallucinations, muscle pain or weakness or seizure.
Glimepiride is used together with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes.
Before using Glimepiride you should inform your doctor if you have:
- heart disease;
- liver or kidney disease;
- an allergy to sulfa drugs;
- an enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD);
- adrenal or pituitary gland problems;
- if you are under-nourished.
Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
The recommended dose is 1 mg or 2 mg once a day. If Glimepiride is taken in combination with insulin the dosage is 8 mg daily. The maximum recommended dose is 8 mg daily.