Compare Amaryl vs. Lantus
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Amaryl (glimepiride) is an effective medicine for lowering blood sugar, but it can cause weight gain.
Lantus (Insulin Glargine) is a long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.
- Needs to be taken only once a day.
- Effectively lowers blood sugar and A1c levels by 1-2%. (A1c is a test that measures your average blood sugars over the past 3 months).
- Amaryl (glimepiride) is an oral medicine so it might be a good alternative for those who don't like injections.
- Protects your organs and blood vessels by preventing the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels.
- Available as a generic form and is relatively cheap.
- Insulin is the most effective blood sugar-lowering medicine. When used correctly, it'll lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
- Lantus is a long-lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day sugar control with less risk of low blood sugar.
- Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body.
- Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
- Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
- Amaryl (glimepiride) might cause weight gain.
- Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low.
- Not preferred for people age 65 or older because they are at higher risk of experiencing side effects such as low blood sugar.
- Might lose its effectiveness over time.
- Needs to be taken 30 minutes before a meal for it to be most effective.
- You have to take insulin by injection.
- You have to check your blood sugar every day.
- Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
- Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of diabetes medicines.
- Accidental injury6%
- Flu syndrome5%
- Injection site pain3%
- Low blood sugar
Skipping meals or having inconsistent meal times
...and 4 more risk factors
- Severe allergic reaction
History of allergy to sulfa-containing medicine
- Breakdown of red blood cells
People with G6PD deficiency
- Kidney and liver disease
Those with kidney and/or liver disease
- Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
Insulin dose too high
...and 4 more risk factors
- Complications due to low potassium
Use of other medicine that lowers potassium
...and 1 more risk factors