What is Amaryl?Amaryl is used to treat type 2 diabetes when diet and exercise alone fail to control high blood sugar.
What is the most important information I should know about Amaryl?Other diabetes medications in the same class as Amaryl have been associated with serious, and potentially fatal, heart problems.
The risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can be increased by missed meals, alcohol, fever, injury, infection, excessive exercise, and the addition of other diabetes medications.
Who should not take Amaryl?Do not take Amaryl if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Amaryl?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Amaryl. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 1-2 milligrams (mg) once daily. The usual maintenance dose is 1-4 mg once daily. The maximum recommended dose is 8 mg once daily.
How should I take Amaryl?Amaryl should be taken with breakfast or the first main meal of the day. For mild symptoms of low blood sugar, carry pieces of hard candy or a container of juice with you.
What should I avoid while taking Amaryl?Avoid missing regular blood sugar testing (by yourself or your doctor). Be sure to continue following a diet and exercise regimen as prescribed by your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Amaryl?If Amaryl is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Amaryl with the following: diuretics, corticosteroids, phenothiazines, thyroid medications, estrogens, oral contraceptives, phenytoin, nicotinic acid, asthma medications, phenylephrine, isoniazid, salicylates, sulfonamides, chloramphenicol, coumarins, probenecid, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), aspirin, cimetidine, miconazole, blood pressure drugs known as beta-blockers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, antibiotics such as clarithromycin, and certain antidepressants such as fluoxetine.
What are the possible side effects of Amaryl?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: dizziness, headache, muscle weakness, nausea
Symptoms of low blood sugar: blurred vision, cold sweats, coma, dizziness, fast heartbeat, fatigue, headache, hunger, light-headedness, nausea, nervousness, pale skin, shallow breathing
Can I receive Amaryl if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not begin treatment with Amaryl if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Insulin is recommended to control diabetes during pregnancy if diet and exercise alone are not enough.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Amaryl?Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Amaryl?Store at room temperature.
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