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Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet is a medicine used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is a combination of two medicines that effectively control blood sugar levels, when a single medication is not effective. It should be used along with a proper diet and regular exercise for best results. It should be taken with food to avoid the side effects like nausea and upset stomach.

Uses of Glurest M Tablet

Glurest M Tablet side effects

Common
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level)
  • Taste change
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Upper respiratory tract infection

How to use Glurest M Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet is to be taken with food.
Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet may cause stomach upset if taken empty stomach.

How Glurest M Tablet works

Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet is a combination of two antidiabetic medicines: Glimepiride and Metformin. Glimepiride is a sulfonylurea which works by increasing the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower the blood glucose. Metformin is a biguanide which works by lowering glucose production in the liver, delaying glucose absorption from intestines and increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin.

Glurest M Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet Taking metformin with alcohol can cause lactic acidosis and you may experience malaise, respiratory distress, slow or irregular heartbeat, sleepiness, stomach upset, or other unusual symptoms.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
CAUTION
Your ability to drive may be affected if your blood sugar is too low or too high. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet is, however, not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease. Regular monitoring of kidney function test is advisable while you are taking this medicine.
Liver
CAUTION
Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet is generally started with low dose in patients with mild to moderate liver disease and its use is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

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Expert Advice

  • Monitor your blood sugar level regularly while you are taking this medicine. 
  • It can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal. 
  • Inform your doctor about your diabetes treatment if you are due to have surgery under a general anesthetic.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any deep or rapid breathing or if you have persistent nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain as Glurest M 1mg/500mg Tablet may cause a rare but serious condition called lactic acidosis, which is an excess of lactic acid in the blood.
  • Your doctor may check your liver function regularly. Inform your doctor if you develop symptoms such as abdominal pain, loss of appetite, or yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice).

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Glurest M

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Hi Doctor I have Type 2 diabetes, at present i m taking istamet 50/1000 mg, kindly advise if my medicine can be stopped
Dr. Shikha Mishra
Dietician
Please consult doctor regarding this issue
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January and I m taking medicine. Now it's under control. Can you suggest me a meal plan that I can go for to control my weight and diabetes. Thank you
Dr. Shikha Mishra
Dietician
eat 6-7 meals per day, which consist fruits, nuts, buttermilk,egg, homecooked food. Drink 3-4 litters of water.Be active whole day for personalized diet chart write to me on shikhamishra.nutrition@gmail.com do minimum 45 min exercise everyday like yoga, cardio or weights
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FAQs

Q. What are the recommended storage conditions for Glurest M?

Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

Q. Can the use of Glurest M lead to lactic acidosis?

Yes, the use of Glurest M can lead to lactic acidosis. It is a medical emergency which is caused by increased levels of lactic acid in the blood. It is also known as MALA (Metformin-associated lactic acidosis). It is a rare side effect associated with the use of metformin and therefore, it is considered to be harmful for patients with underlying kidney disease, old age patients or who take large amounts of alcohol. Symptoms of lactic acidosis may include muscle pain or weakness, dizziness, tiredness, feeling of cold in arms and legs, difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or slow heart rate. If you have these symptoms, stop taking Glurest M and consult your doctor immediately.

Q. What is Glurest M?

Glurest M is a combination of two medicines: Glimepiride and Metformin. This medicine is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). It improves blood glucose levels in adults when taken along with proper diet and regular exercise. Glimepiride lowers the blood glucose levels by increasing the release of insulin from the pancreas. Metformin works by lowering the glucose production in the liver and improving insulin sensitivity. This combination is not indicated for the treatment of type 1 DM.

Q. What are the possible side effects of Glurest M?

The use of Glurest M is associated with common side effects like hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), altered taste, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache and upper respiratory tract infection. Its use can also lead to serious but rare side effects like lactic acidosis. On long-term use it can also lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Q. Can the use of Glurest M lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes, the use of Glurest M can cause Vitamin B12 deficiency on long-term use. It interferes with the absorption of Vitamin B12 in the stomach. If untreated, it may cause anemia and nerve problems and the patient can experience tingling sensation and numbness in hands and feet, weakness, urinary problems, change in mental status and difficulty in maintaining balance (ataxia). To avoid such problems, some researchers suggest an intake of Vitamin B12 from outside sources at least once every year.

Q. Can the use of Glurest M cause hypoglycemia?

Yes, the use of Glurest M can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include nausea, headache, irritability, hunger, sweating, dizziness, fast heart rate and feeling anxious or shaky. It happens more often if you miss or delay your food, drink alcohol, over-exercise or take other antidiabetic medicine along with it. So, regular monitoring of the blood sugar level is important. Always keep a quick source of sugar like glucose tablets, honey or fruit juice with you.

Q. Is it safe to take alcohol while I am also taking Glurest M?

No, it is not safe to take Glurest M along with alcohol, as it may lower your blood sugar levels and lead to hypoglycemia. It can also increase the chances of lactic acidosis.

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