Before using glucotrol or glipizide, inform your physician if you have severe diarrhea, liver or kidney diseases, blocked intestines, adrenal or pituitary glands disorder, when emaciated, have heart disease history or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD).
How Effective is Glucotrol?
Glucotrol or glipizide is a diabetes medication that assists effectively in regulating blood sugar intensities by aiding pancreas creates insulin.
Glucotrol or glipizide is a combination of a treatment plan that involves exercise and diet to treat type II diabetes.
Do not take glucotrol or glipizide if you are in a condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis; contact your physician to give you insulin treatment.
Glucotrol or glipizide is part of a complete treatment plan that involves weight control, exercise, diet and analyzing your blood sugar effectively. Strictly follow your medication, diet and exercise programs as scheduled. Altering any of them may interfere with your blood sugars.
What to Know Before Taking Glucotrol?
Do not take glucotrol or glipizide when you are allergic to glipizide, or when you have diabetic ketoacidosis. To be safe with glucotrol or glipizide, inform your doctor in case you have;
- Kidney or liver problems
- Blocked intestines or severe diarrhea
- An enzyme shortage known as glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (g6pd)
- Adrenal or pituitary disorder
- History of heart illness
- If you are emaciated.
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 advantages and disadvantages of using Glucotrol.
It is not proved whether Glucotrol can hurt unborn child. Some similar diabetes medicines have resulted in serious hypoglycemia in newborn babies, where mothers used the drugs nigh to their delivery time. You should inform your doctor if you are or planning to be pregnant when using Glucotrol.
It is also not established whether glucotrol or glipizide gets into mother’s milk or whether it can hurt a nursing child. Inform your physician when breast-feeding.
What is the Recommended Dosage of Glucotrol?
General Adult Dosage of Glucotrol or Glipizide for Treating Diabetes Type 2:
Initial dosage: Take 5 mg (sustained or immediate-release) glucotrol or glipizide orally once daily, 30 minutes prior to morning meal.
Maintenance dose: Take orally 2.5 to 30 mg (immediate-release) glucotrol or glipizide in 1 or 2 separated dosages or take orally 5 to 20 mg (sustained-release) in 1 or 2 separated dosages.
General Geriatric Dosage of Glucotrol or Glipizide for Treating Diabetes Type 2:
Initial dose: Take orally 2.5 to 5 mg once daily. Dosages of glucotrol or glipizide can be increased in 1 or 2 weeks periods in 2.5 to 5 mg daily increases.
What are the Side Effects of Glucotrol?
Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience any symptoms of allergic reactions to glucotrol or glipizide; such as breathing difficulties, hives or swelling of your lips, throat, face and tongue.
Contact your doctor immediately if you have the below severe side effects of glucotrol or glipizide;
- Fast heartbeat, short breaths, fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding of the gums and the nose.
- Lack of appetite, nausea, dark urine, itching, upper belly pains, clay colored stools, yellowing of eyes or skin.
- Confusion, fever, pale skin.
- Thrashing or quick heartbeats, serious vomiting and nausea, sweating and thirst, feeling like you can collapse, sore headache.
Common side effects of glucotrol or glipizide include:
- Slight nausea
- Constipation, diarrhea
- Drowsiness, dizziness
- Skin rashes, itching or redness are side effects of glucotrol or glipizide.