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    Information about Glimepiride

    Glimepiride uses

    Glimepiride is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is used along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

    How glimepiride works

    Glimepiride 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 glimepiride

    Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), Nausea, Headache, Dizziness
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    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    Writing in Sciences, PGCCL
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MBA (Hospital Management), MD (Pharmacology)
    Last updated on:
    22 May 2019 | 12:56 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Glimepiride

    • Take it shortly before or with the first main meal of the day (usually breakfast). Avoid skipping meals.
    • Be careful while driving or operating machinery until you know how Glimepiride affects you.
    • It can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal.
    • Always carry some sugary food or fruit juice with you in case you experience hypoglycemic symptoms such as cold sweats, cool pale skin, tremor, and anxiety.
    • 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).

    Frequently asked questions for Glimepiride


    Q. Is Glimepiride useful in the management for prediabetes?

    Glimepiride is not used for the management of prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to label you as diabetic. There are clinical studies available, but the evidence is not strong enough for its use in prediabetes.

    Q. Can Glimepiride be given to elderly patients?

    Yes, Glimepiride can be given to elderly patients. However, since they are more prone to the risk of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), a regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is important. Patients should be cautious of the symptoms of hypoglycemia and always carry a quick source of sugar with them like a candy or a fruit juice.

    Q. Can Glimepiride cause pancreatitis?

    No, Glimepiride is not reported to cause pancreatitis. Some common side effects associated with the use of Glimepiride include hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), nausea, headache, and dizziness.

    Q. Can I skip Glimepiride for few days?

    No, Glimepiride should not be skipped as it can make your diabetes worse. If you miss the dose by mistake, take it as soon as you remember. Complete the full course prescribed by your doctor.

    Q. Can I take Glimepiride if I have a sulfa allergy?

    Avoid using Glimepiride if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to sulfonylureas or sulfonamides or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.

    Q. Does Glimepiride cause hair loss?

    No, the use of Glimepiride does not cause hair loss. However, diabetes itself can lead to hair loss. Talk to your doctor if you have excessive hair loss as it could be due to some other underlying condition. Excessive hair loss can also be a sign of your diabetes getting worsened.

    Q. Does Glimepiride cause weight gain?

    Yes, Glimepiride can cause weight gain. It is advisable to monitor your diet closely and exercise regularly while taking this medicine. Avoid skipping your meal as it can cause very low blood sugar levels and you may end up snacking or taking a lot of sugars.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 May, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)