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What is Glipizide used for?
Glipizide is an oral medication used to lower blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes) patients. It belongs to a class of drugs called sulfonylureas, which work by stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin. Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar levels. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Glipizide?
The dosage of Glipizide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Glipizide with a full glass of water.
What if you miss a dose of Glipizide?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Glipizide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Glipizide?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Glipizide, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Glipizide?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Glipizide.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Glipizide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Glipizide can interact with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and beta-blockers.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Glipizide?
Like other medicines, Glipizide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Glipizide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Glipizide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Glipizide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Glipizide can cause side effects such as diarrhea, dizziness, gas, headache, itching, nervousness, and sensitivity to light. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Glipizide.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Glipizide?
Is it possible for me to take Glipizide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Glipizide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Glipizide?
How will Glipizide work in my body?
How should Glipizide be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Glipizide drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Glipizide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.