Metformin and Glimipiride is a dual combination drug used in the treatment of diabetes. It is used to maintain apt blood glucose levels and avoids fluctuations. This is given in the treatment of type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Chronic elevated levels of blood sugar can cause heart associated problems, blindness and kidney damage. Metformin and Glimipiride both helps in keeping control over the blood sugar level of the body.
The ailments it is used for:
Metformin and Glimipiride is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of type 2 Diabetes. It is given as an adjunct with diet and exercise in the management of Type 2 diabetes.
Understanding the drug Metformin and Glimipiride :
How it works?
Glimipiride and Metformin HCl helps in controlling the bloods sugar levels in the body.
It is a third generation oral hypoglycemic drug that stimulates the production of insulin from pancreatic beta cells and increases the sensitivity of body cells to the insulin. Glimipiride binds with the potassium channel and depolarizes the membrane. This in turn actuates calcium ion inflow and induces insulin secretion.
It is a drug that belongs to the class of biguanides and increases the tolerance of your body to insulin by lowering the blood glucose levels. It delays intestinal absorption of sugar into the bloodstream after eating. It has an ability increase the sensitivity of the cells to insulin. It also targets the liver and reduces its capacity to release sugar from liver.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Metformin and Glimipiride if you:
- Have any allergy to any of the active ingredients present in it
- Are using any other antidiabetic drug
- Have hepatic problems
- Have renal problems
- Have diabetic ketoacidosis
- Are having type 1 diabetes
- are pregnant or planning to become a pregnant
- are breast feeding
How much to take?
Dosage is given according to the condition and health status of the patient. Doctor will recommend the best suitable dose for you.
What are the strengths available?
Metformin and Glimipiride are available in two strength combination available on our website:
- Glycomet GP 500mg + 1mg
- Glycomet GP 500mg + 2mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Glycomet GP is manufactured by US Vitamin, a pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take?
Take the tablet with full glass of water. Don’t crush or chew the tablet. Always take the drug according to the instructions given on the package insert.
When to take?
Metformin and Glimipiride is generally taken once per day during breakfast or first meal. Your doctor can only recommend the best timings and always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
For how long should it be taken?
This drug is meant to be taken on regular basis, so keep on taking the drug as long as recommended by the Doctor. Sudden discontinuation can lead to undesired and severe conditions.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter hypoglycemia conditions. Intravenously administer 30% hypertonic glucose in order to overcome the following:
- Slurring of speech
- Muscular pain
What if you miss the dose?
Try to take the medicine at the same time each day; this reduces the chances of missing dose. Consult your Doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to compensate with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Metformin and Glimipiride is a potent drug given in the condition. With great efficacy, it exerts some side effects that some may experience them or some may not. Chances of getting these undesired effects vary from person to person. Some common side effects are listed below:
- Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- Bloating (intense feeling of full and tight abdomen)
- Weakness, shaking and sweating due to extreme low blood sugar levels
Some serious and rare side effects that need serious consideration are stated below:
- Impaired folic and vitamin B 12 absorption
- Adverse skin conditions like pruritis, urticaria , erthyema and flushing
- Blurred vision
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. Doctor gives you the complete information of the drugs that can hamper the action of Metformin and Glimipiride. The drugs that may interact with Metformin and Glimipiride are as follows:
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Keep complete record of other medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Always monitor your blood sugar levels
- Avoid consumption of alcohol while using this drug
- Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms
- Follow strict diet and exercise regimen while taking this drug
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light