Information about Chlorpropamide

    Chlorpropamide uses

    Chlorpropamide is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

    How chlorpropamide works

    Chlorpropamide is an anti-diabetic medication. It works by increasing the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower the blood glucose.

    Common side effects of chlorpropamide

    Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), Nausea, Headache, Dizziness

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    Expert advice for Chlorpropamide

    • Chlorpropamide should be taken with food.
    • You may get symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) with Chlorpropamide. Symptoms are dizziness, nausea, tremor, sweating or confusion.
    • The risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) may increase if you miss or delay the meal, consume alcohol or use antidiabetic medication like insulin.
    • In most cases, the symptoms will quickly vanish if you take some kind of sugar (sugar candy/cubes).
    • It should be avoided or used with caution if you are also taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), alcohol, β-blockers and ACE inhibitors.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Do not change the dose without consulting your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for 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 11 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)