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Treatment is combined with diet and exercise
               



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What is this medicine?

GLIMEPIRIDE (GLYE me pye ride) helps to treat type 2 diabetes. Treatment is combined with diet and exercise. This medicine helps your body use insulin better.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetic ketoacidosis
  • glucose- 6- phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • severe infection or injury
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to glimepiride, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnancy or recent attempts to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Swallow with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your dose at the same time each day, with breakfast or your first large meal. Do not take more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Elderly patients over 65 years old can have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • bosentan
  • chloramphenicol
  • cisapride
  • clarithromycin
  • medicines for fungal or yeast infections
  • metoclopramide
  • probenecid
  • warfarin

Many medications may cause an increase or decrease in blood sugar, these include:

  • alcohol containing beverages
  • aspirin and aspirin- like drugs
  • chloramphenicol
  • chromium
  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
  • fluoxetine
  • heart medicines like disopyramide
  • isoniazid
  • male hormones or anabolic steroids
  • medicines called MAO Inhibitors like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
  • medicines for allergies, asthma, cold, or cough
  • medicines for mental problems
  • medicines for weight loss
  • niacin
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • pentamidine
  • phenytoin
  • probenecid
  • quinolone antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, ofloxacin
  • some herbal dietary supplements
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
  • thyroid medicine
  • water pills or diuretics

               
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