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Medication Useful in Treating Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood sugar (glucose) level is too high. Glucose is very important as it provides energy to the body. Insulin helps glucose to reach and provide energy to every cell of the body. If body becomes unable to make enough insulin, then the blood glucose remains in the blood and doesn’t provide energy to the cells of the body. This condition is called as Diabetes.

Glipizide SR is an oral anti-hyperglycemic medicine. It is useful as an alternative to insulin in patients who are having stable diabetes.

Glipizide TABLETS IP 5 mg (GLYNASE)

How does Glipizide SR works?

Glipizide SR belongs to the class of drugs known as sulfonylurea. It helps to treat type-2 diabetes. Insulin is an important natural substance. In Diabetes type-2 patient, your body’s cells are unable to respond to insulin as well as they should. Glipizide SR works by stimulating insulin secretion. It leads to more insulin secretion by beta cells of pancreatic islet tissue. It is used together with diet and exercise. The drug also helps the body to use insulin efficiently. This insulin helps lower the blood sugar level.

How to take Glipizide SR?

It is available in the form of tablets of 10 mg. Take it 30 minutes before your main meal of the day.

  • Adult usual dose- 5 mg every day 30 min before breakfast.
  • Maintenance dose- 5-10 mg 1 day first meal of the day.
  • Maximum dose- 20 mg 1 day.
  • Children– (0-17 years only) safety and efficacy is not established in case of children.
  • Senior dosage– (age 65 & above) lower dose of 2.5 mg 1 day is recommended.
  • Comments:-

-At least several days should pass for increase or change in the dosage level.

-In case of unsatisfactory result of single dose, dividend doses may be effective.

-The dose depends on medical condition & response to the treatment.

What are the uses of Glipizide SR?

  1. It is Generic drug used to treat type 2 diabetes.
  2. Best results are observed only with proper diet and exercise.
  3. Controlling high blood sugar level help prevent further damage to other parts of the body like.
  • Kidneys
  • Eyes
  • Nerves
  • Limbs
  • Function of sex organ.
  1. Lowers risk of heart attack or stroke.
  2. It causes the release of your body’s natural insulin.
  3. Helps your body to use insulin efficiently.

What are the Precautions in taking Glipizide SR?

  • It is important to consider certain conditions while you want to start with Glipizide SR. Inform your Doctor if you have/are,
  • Allergic to Glipizide SR or other ingredients in it.
  • Dental or any other surgery.
  • Any other allergies.
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding.
  • Medical history of liver disease.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Thyroid disease.
  • Certain hormonal conditions.
  • Electrolyte imbalance.
  • Avoid alcohol. It may increase risks of developing low blood sugar level.
  • Call your Doctor immediately in case of any side effects like nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.
  • It may make you more sensitive to sun. Use sunscreen and other protective methods.

Cost of Glipizide SR (Generic and Brand).

Generic medicines are cheaper as compared to Brand ones. They do not include expenditure on pricing, packaging and advertising. They are cheap drug and same effective as the Brand ones.

  • Cost of generic Glipizide SR.

0Cost of 60 tablets of 10 mg costs $ 30, per unit costs is $ 0.5.

  • Cost of Brand Glucotrol.

Cost of 60 tablets of 10 mg costs $ 207.76, per unit costs $ 3.46.