Drug Class: What is Glucotrol and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does it work?
Dosage: How should you take Glucotrol?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Glucotrol
Special information on Glucotrol
Glucotrol side effects
|Drug Class: What is Glucotrol and why is it prescribed?|
| Glipizide 5 mg is an oral antidiabetic medication used to treat type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. In diabetics either the body does not make enough insulin or the insulin that is produced no longer works properly.
There are actually two forms of diabetes: type 1 insulin-dependent and type 2 non-insulin-dependent. Type 1 usually requires insulin injections for life, while type 2 diabetes can usually be treated by dietary changes and/or oral antidiabetic medications such
|Drug Mechanism: How does it work?|
Glipizide 5 mg is an oral glucose-lowering drug in a class of medications for diabetes called sulfonylureas.
Glipizide 5 mg lowers blood sugar by stimulating the pancreas to secrete insulin and helping the body use insulin efficiently. The pancreas must be capable of producing insulin for Glipizide 5 mg to work. Insulin is a hormone which lowers the blood sugar level.
Approximately 90% of patients with diabetes has type II or non- insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.
|Dosage: How should you take Glucotrol?|
In general, to achieve the best control over blood sugar levels, Glipizide should be taken 30 minutes before a meal. However, the exact Glipizide dosing schedule as well as the dosage amount must be determined by your physician.
Glipizide XL should be taken with breakfast. Swallow the Glipizide XL tablets whole; do not chew, crush, or divide them. Do not be alarmed if you notice something that looks like a tablet in your stool--it will be the empty shell that has been eliminated.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Glucotrol|
It is essential that you closely follow your physician dietary guidelines and that you inform your physician of any medication, either prescription or nonprescription, that you are taking. Specific medications that affect Glipizide include:
|Special information on Glucotrol|
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding:
|Glucotrol side effects|
Side effects of Glipizide 5 mg are rare and seldom require discontinuation of the medication.
More common side effects may include:
Less common or rare side effects may include:
Glipizide 5 mg and Glipizide XL, like all oral
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