What is Glyset?Glyset is used in addition to diet and exercise to improve high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent).
What is the most important information I should know about Glyset?It is important to continue to adhere to dietary instructions, a regular exercise program, and regular testing of urine or blood sugar.
Glyset, when administered alone, should not cause very low levels of blood sugar. However, when Glyset is administered with insulin or other diabetes drugs in a class known as sulfonylureas, the combination may cause low blood sugar. Symptoms of low blood sugar include dizziness, hunger, lightheadedness, and shakiness. If you experience signs and symptoms of low blood sugar, eat or drink something with sugar in it right away. If you do not feel better or your blood sugar does not go up, call your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical help.
Gastrointestinal (stomach) side effects may develop in the first few weeks of using Glyset. However, they become less frequent and less intense over time.
Who should not take Glyset?Do not use Glyset if you have diabetic ketoacidosis (a life-threatening medical emergency caused by insufficient insulin and marked by excessive thirst, nausea, fatigue, pain below the breast bone, and fruity breath), inflammatory bowel disease, colonic ulceration, partial intestinal obstruction, or chronic (long-term) intestinal disease.
Glyset should not be used by anyone allergic to the drug or any of its components.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Glyset?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Glyset. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or have intestinal or kidney disease.
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 recommended starting dose is 25 milligrams (mg), given orally three times a day. However, some patients may benefit by starting at 25 mg once a day to minimize side effects, then gradually increase to three times a day.
The usual maintenance dose is 50 mg 3 times a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as appropriate.
How should I take Glyset?Glyset should be taken orally three times a day with the first bite of each main meal.
What should I avoid while taking Glyset?Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication because it may increase your risk of developing low blood sugar.
Use caution when engaging in activities that require alertness (such as driving or operating machinery) because you may experience blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness from very high or low blood sugar levels.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Glyset?If Glyset 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 Glyset with the following: amylase, digoxin, glyburide, metformin, propranolol, or ranitidine.
What are the possible side effects of Glyset?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: excess stomach gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain, skin rash, low iron levels
Can I receive Glyset if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Glyset during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Glyset?If you miss a dose of Glyset and have finished your meal, skip the missed dose. Take the next dose with the next meal. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Glyset?Store at room temperature.
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