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. Lowers blood sugar. Glyburide / Metformin is an effective combination medicine for lowering blood sugar, but it is likely to cause diarrhea in the first few weeks. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.29 Glucotrol
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Side effects Glucotrol Glucovance
Passing gas 2%
Low blood sugar 3%
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Upper respiratory infection 3%
Stomach pain 3%
Gastrointestinal side effects (diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and stomach pain) 8%
Low blood sugar 8%
More Glucovance side effects » How it works Glucotrol Glucovance Glucotrol (glipizide) stimulates your body to release insulin and lower blood sugar. Glyburide / Metformin combines 2 prescription medicines (glyburide and metformin) into 1 pill to help treat diabetes. Glyburide stimulates your body to release insulin to lower blood sugar. Metformin helps your body use its own insulin more effectively as well as lowers the amount of sugar your body naturally makes and absorbs from food. Type of medication Glucotrol Glucovance Prescription only Prescription only Available as Glucotrol Glucovance Pill Extended release pill Used for Glucotrol Glucovance Risk factors for serious side effects Glucotrol Glucovance › 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 Detailed Glucotrol (glipizide) risks & warnings » › History of kidney problems › History of liver problems › Those with congestive heart failure › Using contrast dye for procedures › Undergoing surgery Detailed Glyburide / Metformin risks & warnings »
Alcohol Glucotrol Glucovance › Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol (glipizide). › Limit the amount of alcohol you drink while taking Glyburide / Metformin. › Drinking large amounts of or frequently using alcohol while taking Glyburide / Metformin can cause harm to your body.
Food Glucotrol Glucovance › Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal. No food related info.
Kidneys and liver Glucotrol Glucovance No kidneys and liver related info. › Not a good treatment option for those with kidney and/or liver problems.
Weight Glucotrol Glucovance › Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb. › Can cause some weight gain. Upsides and benefits Glucotrol Glucovance › 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. › Glyburide / Metformin effectively lowers blood sugar levels more so than if each of the individual medicines it contains are taken alone. › Protects your organs and blood vessels from the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels. › Can potentially lower your "bad cholesterol" levels. › Glyburide / Metformin is available in a generic form and is cheaper than many other combination diabetes medicines. Downsides and risks Glucotrol Glucovance › 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. › Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low. › Glyburide / Metformin is likely to cause nausea, stomach upset, or diarrhea in the first few weeks. › Not a good treatment option for those with kidney and/or liver problems. › Drinking large amounts of or frequently using alcohol while taking Glyburide / Metformin can cause harm to your body. › Can cause some weight gain. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Glucotrol Glucovance › Take the medicine 30 minutes before eating, usually before your first big meal of the day. › Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol (glipizide). › Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal. › Check your blood sugar regularly. › Glucotrol (glipizide) can cause dizziness so avoid activities that require coordination until you know how your body can handle the medicine. › Check your blood sugar regularly. › Wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the sun. › Take the medicine with meals to prevent an upset stomach. › Tell your doctor right away if you experience rapid breathing, ongoing nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain. › Limit the amount of alcohol you drink while taking Glyburide / Metformin. Learn more More about Glucotrol Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Glucovance Side effects Alternatives FDA package insert