glimepiride, Amaryl (cont.)

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NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if glimepiride is excreted in breast milk like other sulfonylureas. Because of the risk of low blood sugar in the infant, it is recommended that glimepiride be discontinued in nursing mothers. If therapy other than diet and exercise is needed, insulin is recommended.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of glimepiride include dizziness, headache, and nausea or vomiting. A rash and allergic reactions also may occur. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can occur during glimepiride therapy. Symptoms of low blood sugar include hunger, nausea, tiredness, perspiration, headache, heart palpitations, numbness around the mouth, tingling in the fingers, tremors, muscle weakness, blurred vision, chilliness, excessive yawning, irritability, confusion, or 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.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2012



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