Glucotrol XL
DESCRIPTION

This medication is prescribed to individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes. It is highly effective in controlling high blood sugar, especially when combined with a proper diet and exercise program. This medication is also known as Glipizide in the medical industry. This medication can be used alongside other diabetic medications as well.

How it works

This drug belongs to a group of medications known as sulfonylureas. These drugs reduce blood sugar by influencing your body to naturally release insulin.

Uses

The medication is primarily used to control blood sugar among those with type 2 diabetes. This medication is useful in preventing a number of conditions by controlling blood sugar levels. These conditions include blindness, loss of limbs, nerve problems and kidney damage.

Dosage

This medication is usually taken during breakfast, by mouth. Although this medication is generally taken only once a day, the dosage might vary according to your medical condition and the way you respond to the treatment.

If you are already taking another anti-diabetic drug, consult your physician before terminating that medication. When taking this medication in tablet form, make sure not to chew or crush it.

Doing so will release the entire drug in your mouth at once. This can increase your vulnerability towards the side effects. So, swallow the entire tablet without crushing or chewing.

You need to use this medication as regularly as possible in order to experience its best effects. Therefore, make sure to take your doses on time. Taking your doses at the same time every day will help you remember.

Consuming Colesevelam can reduce the absorption of this medication. So, if you are taking Colesevelam, make sure to take this drug at least 4 hours ahead.

If your condition does not improve or worsens during the treatment period, do not hesitate to contact your physician.

Side effects

Make sure to look out for the following side effects when consuming this medication.

Nausea
Loss of appetite
Vomiting
Gas
Upset stomach
Diarrhea
Constipation
Weight gain

Although you might not experience all of the above, it is important to be aware of them. Apart from these, you might also experience certain severe side effects such as:

Unusual tiredness
Dark urine
Easy bleeding
Mood changes
Seizures
Swelling feet
Stomach pain

If you experience any of the above, inform your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Precautions

Before you consume this medication, make sure that you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.
Do not drive after taking your dose since changes in blood sugar level can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
Reduce your alcohol consumption since it can make you more vulnerable towards low blood sugar level.
If you have a history of liver or kidney disease, inform your physician well ahead.
Avoid prolonged sun exposure since this drug can make you more sensitive to the sun.

Self-care

If you wish to take this drug during the period of pregnancy, then make sure to only consume it when it is absolutely necessary.

Although it is not known whether this medication can be passed on through breast milk, similar drugs can be passed on to infants via breast milk. So, make sure to consult a physician before you plan to nurse your child during the treatment period.

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