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Gliclazide is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

How it works

Gliclazide increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas, which in turn lowers the blood glucose levels.

Common side effects

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

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Expert advice

  • The most common and serious side effect is hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). If you consume excessive alcohol or if you have irregular dietary patterns, you are at an increased risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). Do not skip meals when taking this medicine.
  • Please be aware of signs and symptoms of low blood sugar (dizziness, tremor, sweating, headache).
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you are planning to get pregnant or pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • It should be avoided or use with caution if you are also taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), alcohol, β-blockers and ACE inhibitors.
  • Do not change the dose without consulting your doctor.

Frequently asked questions



Is gliclazide same or, better than metformin?
Gliclazide and metformin belong to different class of drugs and act but separate mechanism. No significant difference between gliclazide and metformin was reported in clinical studies as regards their ability to reduce blood sugar


Is gliclazide the same as glipizide?
No,gliclazide and glipizide belong to a class of drugs known as sulphonylureas


Is gliclazide a statin or, steroid?
No,gliclazide belongs to sulfonylurea category of antidiabetic drug class

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What is Glizid M?
Glizid M is a combination product that contains gliclazide and metformin. Both drugs are used to lower blood glucose levels in adult with type 2 diabetes mellitus that is not controlled by diet and exercise alone.

Content on this page was last updated on 12 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)