Compare Glucotrol vs. Metaglip

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

Glucotrol
(glipizide)

Metaglip
(metformin / glipizide)

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.Coming soon.
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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
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Side effects
GlucotrolMetaglip
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Nervousness 1%
  • Tremor 4%
  • Passing gas 2%
  • Low blood sugar 3%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Headache 2%
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How it works
GlucotrolMetaglip
Glucotrol (glipizide) stimulates your body to release insulin and lower blood sugar.Coming soon.
Type of medication
GlucotrolMetaglip
Prescription only
Available as
GlucotrolMetaglip
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Pill
Used for
GlucotrolMetaglip
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
GlucotrolMetaglip
  • 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 »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Alcohol
    GlucotrolMetaglip
    • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol (glipizide).
    No alcohol related info.
    Food
    GlucotrolMetaglip
    • Eat regular and well-balanced meals to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
    No food related info.
    Weight
    GlucotrolMetaglip
    • Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    GlucotrolMetaglip
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    GlucotrolMetaglip
    • 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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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    GlucotrolMetaglip
    • 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.
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