Diamicron (Gliclazide) Customer Reviews


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Gliclazide is primarily prescribed for individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to manage their blood glucose levels. This medicatgion is used when dietary modifications, physical activity, and weight reduction alone have proven insufficient in achieving adequate blood glucose control. Gliclazide is classified as an oral hypoglycemic medication. It functions by augmenting pancreatic insulin secretion and enhancing the body’s utilization of insulin, thereby promoting improved glycemic regulation.

Uses and Dosage

The recommended dosage of gliclazide typically ranges from 80 mg to 320 mg per day, with doses of 160 mg and above divided equally into two administrations. Gliclazide should be taken alongside meals.

Several factors can influence the required dosage, including body weight, concurrent medical conditions, and co-administered medications. If your healthcare provider has suggested a different dosage regimen than the ones provided here, do not alter your medication routine without consulting them.

Taking gliclazide exactly as directed by your doctor is of utmost importance. In the event of a missed dose, take it as soon as possible and resume your regular dosing schedule. If your next dose is approaching, skip the missed dose and continue with the established regimen. Do not double the dose to compensate for a missed one. If unsure about the appropriate course of action following a missed dose, seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

Ensure that this medication is stored at room temperature, protected from light and moisture, and kept out of the reach of children.

Dispose of any unused or expired medication properly. Do not discard it in wastewater or regular household garbage.

Consult your doctor if your condition fails to improve or worsens.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • abdominal pain
  • back, muscle, or joint pain
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • increased skin sensitivity to sun
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • skin rash or hives
  • swelling of the legs
  • unexpected weight gain
  • chest pain or pressure and/or shortness of breath
  • seizures
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • shakiness
  • slurred speech
  • unusual tiredness
  • unconsciousness


Prior to initiating gliclazide treatment, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies, including allergies to glyburide or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Before using this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, specific hormonal conditions, electrolyte imbalances, or a particular nervous system disorder (autonomic neuropathy).

Extreme low or high blood sugar levels can result in symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require alertness or clear vision until you are certain that you can perform them safely.

While taking this medication, limit alcohol consumption as it may heighten the risk of developing low blood sugar. In rare cases, alcohol can interact with glyburide and cause a serious reaction known as disulfiram-like reaction, characterized by symptoms such as facial flushing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or stomach pain.

When your body is subjected to stress due to factors such as fever, infection, injury, or surgery, it may become more challenging to regulate your blood sugar levels. Consult your doctor in such situations, as adjustments to your treatment plan, medications, or blood sugar testing may be necessary.

This medication may increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Minimize sun exposure, avoid tanning booths and sunlamps, and use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Notify your doctor promptly if you experience sunburn or develop skin blisters or redness.

Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects of this drug, particularly low blood sugar.

During pregnancy, this medication should only be used if absolutely necessary. Pregnancy can contribute to the development or exacerbation of diabetes. Discuss a comprehensive plan with your doctor for managing your blood sugar levels while pregnant. In certain cases, your doctor may substitute insulin for gliclazide during pregnancy. If gliclazide is used, it may be switched to insulin at least two weeks before the anticipated delivery date due to the risk of low blood sugar in newborns. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is uncertain whether this medication passes into breast milk. Similar drugs are known to pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Diamicron is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Diamicron tablet:

    • 40mg
  • gliclazide tablet:

    • 40mg
    • 80mg


What is the difference between metformin and Diamicron?

Metformin reduces the amount of glucose produced in the liver, and also makes muscle tissue absorb more glucose. Diamicron increases the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas.

Why does Diamicron cause weight gain?

Diamicron can make you hungrier, so it can be quite challenging to avoid putting on weight while you’re taking it.


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  2. https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/gliclazide/common-questions-about-gliclazide/#:~:text=These%20all%20work%20in%20the,while%20you%27re%20taking%20it
  3. https://www.drugs.com/uk/diamicron-60-mg-mr-tablets-leaflet.html
  4. https://www.medbroadcast.com/drug/getdrug/diamicron#adverseeffects
  5. https://go.drugbank.com/drugs/DB01120
  6. https://www.rxhealthmed.ca/medication_search/diamicron/

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