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Chlorpropamide

Information

Uses

Chlorpropamide is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

How it works

Chlorpropamide increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower the blood glucose.

Common side effects

Fall in blood sugar level, Weight gain

Available Medicine

Expert advice

  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet alone or a diet along with exercise. A planned diet and exercising are always important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking antidiabetic medicines.
  • Low blood sugar is life-threatening. Low blood sugar may develop due to:
    • Delay or missing scheduled meals or snacks. 
    • Exercising more than usual. 
    • Drinking a significant amount of alcohol.
    • Using too much insulin. 
    • Sickness (vomiting or diarrhea).
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar (alarming signs) are fast heartbeat, sweating, cool and pale skin, feeling shaky, confusion or irritability, headache, nausea, and nightmares. Make sure that you have access to quick-acting sugar sources that treat low blood sugar. Consuming some form of quick-acting sugars immediately after the appearance of the symptoms will prevent the low blood sugar levels from worsening.
  • Consuming alcohol may increase the chance of severe low blood sugar.
  • Chlorpropamide does not help patients who have type 1 diabetes.

Frequently asked questions

Chlorpropamide

Q. Is chlorpropamide a sulfa drug?
Yes, chlorpropamide is a sulfa drug that belongs to a group called sulphonylureas

Q. What is chlorpropamide used for?
Chlorpropamide is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

Q. How does chlorpropamide work?
Chlorpropamide stimulates the release of insulin from pancreas which helps in lowering of blood glucose level.


Content on this page was last updated on 03 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)