glyburide/metformin (Glucovance)

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GENERIC NAME: glyburide/metformin hydrochloride

BRAND NAME: Glucovance

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Glucovance (glyburide/metformin) is a combination antidiabetic medication containing glyburide and metformin. Glucovance is used to improve blood glucose (sugar) control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Glyburide is a second generation oral sulfonylurea. It helps to lower blood glucose by stimulating the release of insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood glucose.

Metformin is an oral biguanide antidiabetic agent. It decreases the production of glucose in the liver, decreases the absorption of glucose by the intestines, and increases the uptake and use of blood glucose by cells throughout the body.

In clinical studies, glyburide/metformin therapy was observed to be superior in improving fasting plasma glucose, post-meal blood glucose, and HbA1c levels versus treatment with glyburide or metformin alone. Glucovance was approved by the FDA in July, 2000.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Glucovance is used as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/20/2015

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