What Glimepiride is used for:
Glimepiride is used to lower blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 along with a proper diet and exercising.
Do not take Glimepiride:
If you’re allergic to Glimepiride, sulfonylureas, sulfonamides or any other component of this medicine.
If you have diabetes mellitus type I (insulin dependent).
If you have diabetic ketoacidosis (an emergency condition where your blood sugar levels are very high and you experience nausea, frequent urination, fatigue and muscle weakness).
If you are in a diabetic coma.
If you have severe liver problems.
If you have kidney problems.
Warnings and precautions:
Talk to your doctor about all your medical conditions before taking this medicine including:
If you are recovering from an injury, operation, infections with fever, or from other forms of stress.
If you have liver or kidney problems.
If you have a deficiency in an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD).
This medicine may cause low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) especially if you miss a meal, exercise more or drink alcohol. Symptoms include: nausea, hunger, shaking, dizziness, confusion, sleepiness, restlessness, difficulty speaking and sweating. You may take a sugar cube or some sweet juice to help it.
Possible side effects:
Stop using this product and seek immediate medical help if you develop rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Serious side effects:
Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)
Other medicines and Glimepiride:
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking.
Glimepiride interacts with a lot of medicines including:
Medicines to treat pain and inflammation
Other medicines to treat diabetes:
Anticoagulants such as Warfarin
Medicines used for high blood pressure
Medicines used for irregular heartbeat
Medicines used to lower blood cholesterol
Medicines used to treat mood disorders
Medicines to treat cancer
Medicines to treat asthma and nasal congestion
Medicines to treat stomach ulcers
How to take Glimepiride :
This medicine is intended for adults only.
Take as indicated by your doctor.
Take with food, with the first meal of the day.
The usual starting dose is one 1 mg tablet once a day with breakfast. Your doctor might increase it gradually to a maximum of 8 mg daily.
How to store Glimepiride :
Store at room temperature 68 to 77°F (20 to 25°C).
Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date stated on the package. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.