Generic Name : GLIPIZIDE ABSTRACT – Glucotrol is a type of oral medication which helps to control blood...
Glucotrol is a type of oral medication which helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. It belongs to the category of drugs called as sulfonylureas. The medication works in the body by helping pancreas in insulin production which controls blood sugar level. The drug is used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults
- Glucotrol has to be taken as directed by the doctors.
- Adult dosages: Oral Tablet: 5 mg daily given prior to breakfast
SIDE EFFECTS –
- Blurred vision
- Cold sweats
- Fast heartbeats
- Increased hunger
- Joint and muscle pain
- Problems in urination
- Swollen joints
RARE SIDE EFFECTS
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Difficult or painful urination
- Dryness in the throat
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble in swallowing
- Unpleasant breath odor
- Change in voice
- Yellow eyes or skin
DRUG INTERACTIONS –
- Aminolevulinic acid
- Nalidixic acid
Glucotrol has major interactions with 19 different drugs.
MODERATE DRUG INTERACTION
Glucotrol has moderate interactions with 357 different drugs.
- This drug contains inactive ingredients which may result in allergic reactions. So a pharmacist must be consulted before consuming it.
- It is necessary to discuss any medical history related to liver disease, kidney disease, chronic diarrhea, thyroid, or any enzyme deficiency
- Since this drug makes a person dizzy which can result in blurred vision so activities like driving and others which need more attention should be avoided.
- Limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages as it can result in dizziness, vomiting, nausea or stomach ache.
- Use of this drug makes the skin more sensitive towards sun so sunscreens should always be used and tanning booths should be avoided.
PREGNANCY AND LACTATION WITH GLUCOTROL:
- Use of Glucotrol in pregnancy may be acceptable only if the benefits exceed the risks involved. But it should not be taken in last 2 weeks of pregnancy.
- Studies in animal pregnancy have shown adverse effects on fetus. But no adequate studies have been found in humans to access the damage involved
- It is not known if Glucotrol transfers into breast milk. Preferable precautions must be taken during breast feeding
- Use of this drug is not recommended to patients with diabetic ketoacidosis.
- Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately