Compare Apidra vs. Glucotrol

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Glucotrol (glipizide)

Prescription only
Controls blood sugar.

Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an insulin that controls blood sugar during your meals, but you'll still have to follow your doctor's diet and exercise plan.

Lowers blood sugar.

Glucotrol (glipizide) is an effective medicine for lowering blood sugar, but it can cause your blood sugar level to be too low so you must always carry some form of sugar with you that can be readily used.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 332 reviewsforGlucotrol
Upsides
  • Apidra (insulin glulisine) starts working in as soon as 15 minutes.
  • Programs are available to lower your copay. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Can be used in people over 65 and children 4 years of age and older.
  • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%.
  • Glucotrol (glipizide) 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.
  • Okay to use by people with kidney problems.
  • Available as a generic form and is relatively cheap.
Downsides
  • Your doctor might have to check your kidneys and liver regularly if you've had kidney or liver problems in the past.
  • Since Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an injectable, it might not be a good treatment option for people who are afraid of needles.
  • Only available as a brand name, so Apidra (insulin glulisine) can be expensive.
  • Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low.
  • While taking Glucotrol (glipizide), your blood sugars should be checked 2 to 5 times a week, but less often once you are on a stable dose.
  • Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb.
  • Might lose its effectiveness over time.
  • Needs to be taken 30 minutes before a meal for it to be most effective.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
Price
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Reviews
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332 reviews so far
50%
saidit'sworth it
32%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Common cold
    11%
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9possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Nervousness
    4%
  • Tremor
    4%
  • Low blood sugar
    3%
  • Constipation
    3%
  • Passing gas
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Headache
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Sharing of pen and needles
  • Low blood sugar
    • Changes in diet and exercise
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Taking other medications for diabetes
    • Over age 65
    • Liver or kidney problems
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Low blood potassium levels
    • Taking laxatives
    • Taking medications that increase urination
  • Mixing of insulins
  • Fluid buildup
    • Taking Avandia or Actos
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  • Serious heart problems
  • Low blood sugar
    • Skipping meals or having inconsistent meal times
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Using other blood sugar-lowering medicine
    • People age 60 or older
    • Those with kidney and/or liver problems
  • Severe allergic reaction
    • History of allergy to sulfa-containing medicine
  • Kidney and liver disease
    • Those with kidney and/or liver disease
  • Breakdown of red blood cells
    • People with G6PD deficiency
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