chlorpropamide, Diabinese (cont.)

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All sulfonylureas lower blood sugar (glucose) by increasing the release of insulin from the pancreas. (Insulin is the hormone that lowers the blood sugar level.)

Approximately 90% of patients with diabetes have type II diabetes, formerly called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Type II diabetes usually occurs in adults and is associated with obesity and a strong family history of diabetes. The inability to control blood glucose in type II diabetes is caused by reduced insulin release by the pancreas as well as decreased removal of glucose from the blood by the body's cells.

PRESCRIBED FOR: It is believed that strict glucose control in diabetics reduces the chances of eye, kidney, and nerve damage. Chlorpropamide is used in type II diabetes to help lower and control blood glucose that is not controlled by diet and exercise.

SIDE EFFECTS: Chlorpropamide has similar side effects as other sulfonylureas.

The most common side effects of sulfonylureas are:

The above symptoms usually are avoided if the drug is ingested with a meal.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/19/2014

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