Before using glucovance, inform your physician if you have enzyme shortage known as glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD), history of stroke or heart attack or heart and liver problems.
Do not use glucovance if you suffering from serious kidney problem or in a condition of diabetic ketoacidosis (tell your doctor to treat you with insulin in such a case.)
How Effective is Glucovance?
Glucovance medicine is a blend of metformin and glyburide. Metformin and glyburide are oral diabetes medications that assist in curbing blood sugar intensities. Glucovance is only for effective treatment of type two diabetes and not type one diabetes.
Certain patients grow lactic acidosis when using metformin. Seek medical assistance when you suffer slight symptoms like muscle weakness and pain, cold feeling or numbness in your legs or arms, breathing problems, nausea with vomiting, pain in the stomach, slow or irregular heart rate, feeling fatigue, weak and tired.
What to Know Before Using Glucovance?
Never use Glucovance if you suffer allergic reactions to metformin or glyburide or if you have/are;
- Serious kidney disease;
- Taking bosentan for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension.
- In a condition of diabetic ketoacidosis (inform your physician to treat you with insulin).
Certain patients who are taking glucovance develop a severe condition known as lactic acidosis. This is more probable in patients with kidney and liver illnesses, serious infection, congestive heart failure, those dehydrated, or if you consume large quantities of alcohol. Talk to your physician about the risks you may face.
To be safe with glucovance, inform your doctor if you have:
- Kidney illnesses
- Shortage of an enzyme known as glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (g6pd);
- Liver problem
- Heart problem or a history of stroke or heart attack.
It is not known whether Glucovance can hurt unborn child. Some similar diabetes medicines have resulted in serious hypoglycemia in newborn babies, where mothers used the drugs close to their delivery time. You should inform your physician if you are or planning to be pregnant when using Glucotrol.
It is unknown if the medicine goes to breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while taking glucovance.
It is not established if this medicine can get into breast milk or hurt a nursing child. Do not breast feed while taking glucovance.
Some oral diabetes medicines can escalate your risks of severe heart disorders. However, you can impair your organs and heart if you do not treat your diabetes. Ask your physician on the benefits and dangers of using Glucovance.
What is the Recommended Dosage of Glucovance?
General Adult Dose of Glucovance for Treating Diabetes Type 2:
Initial Dose of Glucovance:
Take 1 tablet of between 1.25 milligrams to 250 milligrams orally, once or twice per day with food.
For Previously Treated Patients:
Take 1 tablet of Glucovance between 2.5 milligrams to 500 milligrams orally two times daily with food OR take 1 tablet of between 5 mg to 500 milligrams orally twice daily with food.
Take Glucovance at least 4 hours before taking colesevelam to prevent colesevelam from hindering the captivation of glyburide-metformin.
What are the Side Effects of Glucovance?
Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience any symptoms of allergic reactions to glucovance; such as breathing difficulties, hives or swelling of your lips, throat, face and tongue.
Certain patients may cultivate lactic acidosis when taking glucovance. Symptoms may worsen with time and can be deadly. Seek emergency assistance if you have slight or serious side effects of glucovance like;
- Breathing problems.
- muscle weakness and pain,
- Numbness or cold feeling in the legs or arms.
- Feeling weak, dizzy, tired and light headed.
- Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting.
- Irregular or slow heartbeats.
Inform your physician immediately if you have: Fever, weakness, confusion, yellow or pale skin, dark urine.
Common side effects of glucovance include:
- Stomach pain,
- Nausea, vomiting,
- Stuffy nose,
- Sore throat is also a symptom of glucovance
Other Medicines that can interact with Glucovance are:
Some drugs can reduce or escalate effectiveness of glucovance in lowering blood sugars. These include vitamins, herbal products and over-counter prescriptions. Inform your doctor of all the drugs you are using and those you have stopped using.