glipizide/metformin (Metaglip has been discontinued in the US)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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GENERIC NAME: glipizide/metformin hydrochloride

BRAND NAME: None

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Metaglip

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Glipizide/metformin is used as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with glipizide/metformin treatment are:

Side effects related to the stomach were most commonly reported by patients who newly started treatment with glipizide/metformin and included:

Other less common but potentially serious side effects include:

Metformin can cause a rare but serious condition known as lactic acidosis, a build-up of acid in the blood. Lactic acidosis can cause death and requires immediate treatment.

Symptoms of lactic acidosis include:

Patients suspected of presenting with signs or symptoms of lactic acidosis must seek emergency medical help.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/19/2016

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