GENERIC NAME: glimepiride
BRAND NAME: Amaryl
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Glimepiride is used for controlling blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes in addition to diet and exercise.
- Management of blood sugar with glimepiride can help decrease the risk of eye, kidney, and nerve damage.
- It is not used for treating type 1 diabetes.
Common side effects of glimepiride include:
Possible serious side effects of glimepiride include:
- Low blood platelets
- Low sodium
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Liver dysfunction
- Serious allergic reactions
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can occur during glimepiride therapy. Symptoms of low blood sugar include:
- Heart palpitations
- Numbness around the mouth
- Tingling in the fingers
- Muscle weakness
- Blurred vision
- Excessive yawning
- Loss of consciousness
Glimepiride is a derivative of a sulfonamide drug. People allergic to other sulfonamide-related drugs may develop an allergic reaction to glimepiride. Anyone who has an allergic reaction to sulfa drugs should not take glimepiride.
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