Glucotrol XL is a medication prescribed to improve blood sugar control in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus by helping the pancreas produce insulin. This drug may be used alone or with other medications, together with exercise and a proper diet.
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Glucotrol XL Dosage
- GLUCOTROL XL 5 mg once daily is the recommended starting dose.
When this is used in combination with other anti-diabetic drugs, begin at 5 mg once daily. However, for patients at increased risk for hypoglycemia such as the elderly, the starting dose is at 2.5 mg.
Dosage adjustments can be made based on the patient’s glycemic control with 20 mg once a day as the maximum recommended.
This drug is supplied in the following strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and Glucotrol XL 10 mg.
- When this is used together with colesevelam, there is a reduction in maximum plasma concentration and total exposure to glipizide. Thus, the use of GLUCOTROL XL should be at least 4 hours before taking colesevelam.
- Inform your doctor if you have:
- Kidney or liver disease;
- Blockage in the intestines or chronic diarrhea;
- Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase insufficiency is an enzyme deficiency (G6PD).
- Advise your doctor if you are pregnant and strictly follow instructions about using this drug. It’s important to control diabetes during pregnancy since high blood sugar may result in complications in both mother and baby. Avoid taking glipizide during the last 2 weeks of pregnancy.
Glucotrol XL Side Effects
The most common side effects include:
- Constipation, diarrhea,
- Itching, skin rash,
Serious side effects include:
- Breathing difficulty, hives, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat,
- Fast heart rate,
Immediately seek medical help if you experience any of the above symptoms.
These are not all the possible side effects of this drug so it is recommended to ask your doctor for more information.
This drug is not for treating type 1 diabetes and should not be used if you have diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a serious complication among people with type 1 diabetes.
It is not recommended that you take this medication if you have:
- Allergy to glipizide
- Deficiency in pituitary hormone;
- Blood sugar is low;
- Addison’s disease is a condition where the adrenal glands produce fewer hormones
- Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.
- Hemolytic anemia;
- Enzyme deficiency in the liver (Hepatic porphyria)
- Breastfeeding may be unsafe while using this medicine.
Consult your doctor for other contra-indications.
Frequently Asked Questions
-Does this drug work if taken on an empty stomach?
This should be taken with food to reduce gastrointestinal side effects that may arise in the course of the treatment.
-Is this drug safe and effective for children?
The effectiveness and safety of Glucotrol XL in children are not known.
–How much is the price of this medication?
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