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Composition for GLYCOVAS LD

Metformin(1 mg),Glimepiride(500 mg),Atorvastatin(10 mg)

food interaction for GLYCOVAS LD

alcohol interaction for GLYCOVAS LD

pregnancy interaction for GLYCOVAS LD

lactation interaction for GLYCOVAS LD

Avoid Glycovas ld 1mg/500mg/10mg tablet with grapefruit juice.
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.
Taking glimepiride with alcohol may affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
Taking Atorvastation with alcohol may increase the risk of liver damage.
Glycovas ld 1mg/500mg/10mg tablet is highly unsafe in women who are or may become pregnant.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the fetus and should not be given under any circumstances. Please consult your doctor.
Glycovas ld 1mg/500mg/10mg tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Metformin(1 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
Glimepiride(500 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
Atorvastatin(10 mg)


Atorvastatin is used to treat patients with elevated cholesterol, triglyceride or lipoprotein levels in blood, and to reduce the risk of heart diseases, even when blood cholesterol is normal.

How it works

Atorvastatin blocks the action of the enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that is required for the production of cholesterol in the body. It thus lowers the level of blood lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides.

Common side effects

Joint pain, Memory impairment, Confusion, Diarrhoea, Fatigue, Fever, Heartburn, Indigestion, Muscle pain, Nausea, Weakness


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Expert advice for GLYCOVAS LD

  • Take the medicine with food to avoid upset stomach.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Do not take metformin in severe diarrhoea or vomiting, or when starting antihypertensive or diuretic therapy or therapy with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
  • This medication may cause lactic acidosis (a build-up of lactic acid in the body, which can be fatal).
  • Lactic acidosis can start slowly and get worse over time.
  • Consult your doctor immediately if you have even mild symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as:muscle pain or weakness,numb or cold  arms and legs,trouble breathing,feeling dizzy, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, slow heart rate.
  • Do not take metformin if you need to have any type of x-ray or CT scan using a dye
  • You need to get certain kidney function tests done before starting treatment  with metformin and regularly thereafter.
  • Be careful when taking this drug in combination with insulin or other oral antidiabetics, as it may lead to low  blood glucose level (hypoglycemia).

Frequently asked questions for GLYCOVAS LD


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 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. What is tonact tg/ tonact 10/ tonact 40/ tonact 20/ storvas 10/ storvas 20/ lipikind/ atorlip/ atorlip-20?
   Atorvastatin (also available as tonact tg/ tonact 10/ tonact 40/ tonact 20/ storvas 10/ storvas   20/ lipikind/ atorlip/ atorlip-20) belong to group of medications called statins (lipid-lowering      agents) or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. It acts by blocking the enzyme HMG CoA          reductase and formation of cholesterol, thus, lowering the blood lipid levels.

Q. Is atorvastatin same as simvastatin/ pravastatin?   
Atorvastatin and simvastatin/ pravastatin belong to same class of medication called as HMG     CoA reductase inhibitor (or statins) with similar action but their effect may vary upon individual response.

Q. Is atorvastatin diuretic/ beta blocker/ ace inhibitor?
  No. Atorvastatin belongs to class of medication called as HMG CoA reductase inhibitor or     statins.

Q. It atorvastatin gluten free?  
Yes. It is gluten free. Please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use.

Q. Is it a blood thinner? 
   No. it is a lipid lowering drug.

Q. Is atorvastatin better than simvastatin/ pravastatin?  
   Atorvastatin and simvastatin/ pravastatin belong to same category of medications with        similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.


Content on this page was last updated on 15 February, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)