Information about Tolbutamide

    Tolbutamide uses

    Tolbutamide is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

    How tolbutamide works

    Tolbutamide 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 tolbutamide

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

    Available Medicine for Tolbutamide

    • ₹144
      Sanofi India Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Tolbutamide

    • Tolbutamide should be taken with food.
    • You may get symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) with Tolbutamide. 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 Tolbutamide


    Q. What is Tolbutamide/ what is Tolbutamide orinase/ what is Tolbutamide used for?
    Tolbutamide (brand name Orinase) is used in adults to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent) which cannot be controlled by diet alone
    Q. How does Tolbutamide work/ how does Tolbutamide lower blood glucose?
    Tolbutamide helps pancreas to produce insulin which in turn helps to lower blood sugar
    Q. Is Tolbutamide contraindicated for older adults?
    Tolbutamide is not contraindicated for older adults, but it should used with caution and should be initiated at lower doses
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    Q. Is Tolbutamide still used?
    Tolbutamide is used in generic form. No brands are available for same.

    Content on this page was last updated on 11 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)