Compare Glucotrol vs. Humalog

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Glucotrol XL
(glipizide)

Humalog
(insulin lispro)

Lowers blood sugar. Glucotrol XL (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. Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time 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.
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Coupons for Glucotrol
Best available price for 60 (5mg) tablets of glucotrol
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Best available price for 15 (five 3ml cartridges of 100 units/ml) cartons of humalog
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4.29Glucotrol
Reviews for Glucotrol
50%
of people (All ages) say Glucotrol is worth it
32%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
332 reviews
Have you used Glucotrol XL (glipizide)?
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Reviews for Humalog
64%
-14% worse vs. Glucotrol
50%
-18% worse vs. Glucotrol
16%
-3% worse vs. Glucotrol
280 reviews
Have you used Humalog (insulin lispro)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
GlucotrolHumalog
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Nervousness 1%
  • Tremor 4%
  • Passing gas 2%
  • Low blood sugar 3%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Headache 2%
More Glucotrol side effects »
  • Flu syndrome 35%
  • Sore throat 33%
  • Headache 30%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 25%
  • Pain 20%
  • Cough increased 17%
  • Infection 14%
  • Accidental injury 9%
  • Diarrhea 9%
  • Muscle weakness 7%
More Humalog side effects »
How it works
GlucotrolHumalog
Glucotrol XL (glipizide) stimulates your body to release insulin and lower blood sugar.Humalog is a short-acting insulin medicine for diabetes. It acts like the insulin that your body normally makes to process sugars and fats, and it keeps your blood sugar stable after meals.
Type of medication
GlucotrolHumalog
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
GlucotrolHumalog
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Injection
Used for
GlucotrolHumalog
Risk factors for serious side effects
GlucotrolHumalog
  • 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 XL (glipizide) risks & warnings »
  • Insulin dose too high
  • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
  • Poor injection techniques
  • Unstable kidney functions
  • Unstable liver functions
Detailed Humalog (insulin lispro) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Alcohol
GlucotrolHumalog
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol XL (glipizide).
No alcohol related info.
Food
GlucotrolHumalog
  • Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
  • Short-acting insulin good for blood sugar control around meal times.
Kidneys and liver
GlucotrolHumalog
  • People with kidney and/or liver problems take a longer time to get rid of Glucotrol XL (glipizide) from their body. They are more sensitive to the effects of low blood sugar that include symptoms such as fast heartbeat, sweating, pale skin, shakiness, confusion and irritability. They need to make sure to carry with them some form of sugar such as hard candies or glucose tablets at all times while they are on this medicine.
  • Can be used in those with kidney problems.
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
Weight
GlucotrolHumalog
  • Can cause mild weight gain of 2 to 3 pounds on average.
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
Upsides and benefits
GlucotrolHumalog
  • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%. (A1c is a test that measures your average blood sugars over the past 3 months).
  • Glucotrol XL (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.
  • Can be used in those with kidney problems.
  • 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.
  • Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that provides sugar control after meals.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
GlucotrolHumalog
  • Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low.
  • While taking Glucotrol XL (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 to 3 pounds on average.
  • 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 multiple times every day, usually before each meal.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of diabetes medicines.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
GlucotrolHumalog
  • Take the medicine 30 minutes before eating, usually before your first big meal of the day.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol XL (glipizide).
  • Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Glucotrol XL (glipizide) can cause dizziness so avoid activities that require coordination until you know how your body can handle the medicine.
  • Short-acting insulin good for blood sugar control around meal times.
  • Take 5 to 10 minutes before a meal. Effects last for 2-4 hours.
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
  • Make sure you and your family know the symptoms of low blood sugar: sweating, shakiness, weakness, fast heartbeat, nervousness, headache, blurry vision, trouble thinking clearly, or passing out.
  • Always have a good source of sugar nearby for low blood sugar episodes.
  • Make sure you understand how to give yourself the injections.
  • When mixing with another insulin (such as insulin NPH), draw this insulin into the syringe first.
  • Don't shake the vial. Store unopened vials in the refrigerator. Opened vials are good at room temperature for 28 days.
  • Check your blood sugar levels every day.
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