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food interaction for DIAKIT

alcohol interaction for DIAKIT

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lactation interaction for DIAKIT

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Taking glimepiride with alcohol may affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
Taking metformin with alcohol may cause lactic acidosis and you may experience malaise, respiratory distress, slow or irregular heartbeat, somnolence, abdominal upset, or other unusual symptoms.
Diakit 1mg/500mg/2.5mg tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Glimepiride(1 mg)


Glimepiride is used to lower the blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes mellitus when diet, physical exercise and weight reduction alone are not adequate.

How it works

Glimepiride belongs to a blood sugar lowering group of medicines called sulfonylurea. Glimepiride increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas, and thereby decreases the blood sugar level.

Common side effects

Nausea, Diarrhoea, Bruise, Bleeding, Blood in stool, Dark colored urine, Dizziness, Sore throat, Stomach pain / epigastric pain, Yellow discoloration of skin, Yellow discoloration of eye, Weakness, Fever
Metformin(500 mg)


Metformin is an antidiabetic medicine that helps to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

How it works

Metformin belongs to class of medications called antidiabetics.It decreases the amount of glucose absorbed from the food and the amount ofglucose made by liver. Metformin also increases the body's response to insulin(a natural substance that controls the amount of glucose in the blood).

Common side effects

Flatulence, Muscle pain, Abdominal bloating, Chest pain, Skin rash, Flushing, Abdominal pain, Nail disorder, Diarrhoea, Headache, Indigestion, Bitter taste, Constipation, Allergic reaction, Heartburn
Ramipril(2.5 mg)


Ramipril is mainly used to control high blood pressure (hypertension). It is used to treat heart failure, to improve survival after heart attack and to prevent stroke. Ramipril is also used to treat various kidney diseases.

How it works

Ramipril belongs to a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors), Ramipril inhibits the chemical ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme). As a result, there is relaxation of blood vessels leading to a fall in blood pressure which makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.

Common side effects

Allergic reaction, Cough, Dizziness, Difficulty in swalloing, Shortness of breath, Facial swelling, Generalised swelling, Headache, Vomiting, Stomach upset


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Expert advice for DIAKIT

  • Take glimepiride just before or with the first main meal of the day.
  • Do not skip any meal while taking glimepiride.
  • Swallow the glimepiride tablet without crushing or chewing with at least half a glass of water.
  • Do not take glimepiride if you are allergic to  glimepiride, other sulfonylureas, sulfonamides
  • Glimepiride tablets should not be given to children and adolescents under 18 years of age.

Frequently asked questions for DIAKIT


 Q. Is glimepiride a generic drug?
Yes, glimepiride is a generic drug sold under several pharmaceutical brand names (Amaryl, Zoryl, etc.).
Q. Can I take glimepiride with metformin or insulin?
Glimepiride may be given in combination with metformin and/or insulin depending on your medical condition and as prescribed by the doctor.
Q. Does glimepiride cause fluctuations in weight,diarrhea, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, swelling, constipation?
Glimepiride is reported to cause low blood sugar level,weight gain, and swelling, but is not reported to cause diarrhea, constipation, hair loss, or erectile dysfunction.
Q. Is glimepiride a fast acting sulfa drug?
Glimepiride is a medium- to long-acting sulfonylurea drug against type 2 diabetes mellitus (action lasts for 24 hours). Its maximum effect is seen after 2-3 hours of drug intake.
Q. Is glimepiride same as glipizide, glyburide, metformin, or insulin?
They are not same. Glimepiride, glipizide and glyburide belong to the same class of drugs called sulfonylureas. Metformin belong to class called biguanides.Glimepiride causes release of insulin but it is not insulin.It should only be used if no other alternative drug is available. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.


Q. Is Metformin a birth control pill/ insulin / statin/ banned drug?
Metformin (also available as glyciphage, glycomet, glycomet SR) is an antidiabetic drug used in treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, particularly in overweight patients, as an adjunct to the diet and exercise.
Q. Is metformin safe?
Metformin is generally safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can I take metformin forever?
Metformin should be taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is metformin good for weight loss / weight loss in non-diabetics?
Metformin is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, particularly in overweight patients. 


Q. Is ramipril a diuretic?
No, ramipril is not a diuretic It belongs to a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors), mainly used to reduce high blood pressure.
Q. Is ramipril safe?
Ramipril is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is ramipril or cardace a calcium channel blocker/alpha blocker/ beta blocker?
No, ramipril or cardace is an ACE inhibitor and shows no known effects on calcium channels or alpha receptors or beta receptors.
Q. Is ramipril a nitrate or a statin?
Ramipril is neither a nitrate nor a statin. It is an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure.
Q. What are Cardace / Ramistar/Hopace used for?
Cardace, Ramistar, Hopace are all trade names for the active drug ramipril. Ramipril is an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure.
Q. Can I take ramipril with simvastatin/amlodipine/ Viagra/naproxen/prednisolone/ metformin/ Sudafed (pseudoephedrine-decongestant preparation)?
There are no known serious drug interactions between ramipril when taken with simvastatin/ amlodipine/ Viagra/naproxen/prednisolone/ metformin/Sudafed. However, consult your doctor about all medications currently taken before starting and while on ramipril.
Q. Can I take ramipril with ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen can be taken with ramipril, however, it is known that ibuprofen and other NSAIDs may reduce the antihypertensive effects of ramipril. Consult your doctor about any medications currently taken before starting and while on ramipril.
Q. Does ramipril cause coughing?
Yes, non-productive tickling cough, is one of the common side effects or ramipril.
Q. Does ramipril cause frequent urination?
No, ramipril has no known effect on increasing the frequency of urination. It may rarely increase the urine output but not affect the frequency of urination.
Q. Does ramipril cause itching?
Yes, ramipril may cause itching of skin. It is not very commonly observed.
Q. Does ramipril cause an increase in potassium levels in the blood?
Yes, increased potassium levels is one a common side effects of ramipril.
Q. Does ramipril cause depression?
Yes, ramipril may cause depression; however, it is not very commonly observed.
Q. Does ramipril thin the blood?
No. ramipril has no known effect on blood thinning.
Q. Is ramipril available in India?
Yes, ramipril is available in India with more than 100 brand names.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 July, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)