Compare Glucotrol vs. Precose

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Glucotrol
(Glipizide)

Precose
(Acarbose)

Lowers blood sugar. Glucotrol (Glipizide) is a very effective oral blood sugar-lowering medicine. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Glucotrol (Glipizide)
50%
of people (All ages) say Glucotrol (Glipizide) is worth it
32%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
330 reviews
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Side effects
GlucotrolPrecose
  • Passing gas 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Nervousness 1%
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How it works
GlucotrolPrecose
Glucotrol (Glipizide) is an anti-diabetic drug. It stimulates your body to make more insulin to lower blood sugar.Coming soon.
Type of medication
GlucotrolPrecose
Anti-diabetic
Sulfonylurea
Prescription only
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Available as
GlucotrolPrecose
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
GlucotrolPrecose
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
GlucotrolPrecose
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Alcohol
    • Intense physical activity
    • History of sulfa allergies
    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.

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

    Alcohol
    GlucotrolPrecose
    • Avoid drinking alcohol.
    No alcohol related info.
    Food
    GlucotrolPrecose
    • Food can cause unpredictable effects of the immediate-release version of Glipizide, so you have to take it at least 30 minutes before a meal.
    • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    GlucotrolPrecose
    • Might be a better choice for people with kidney problems compared to similar drugs because Glipizide isn't processed by the kidneys.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Weight
    GlucotrolPrecose
    • Can cause mild weight gain (2 to 3 pounds).
    • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    GlucotrolPrecose
    • Oral blood sugar-lowering medicine.
    • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%. (Hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over time.)
    • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
    • Might be a better choice for people with kidney problems compared to similar drugs because Glipizide isn't processed by the kidneys.
    • One of the least expensive diabetes medicines.
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    Downsides and risks
    GlucotrolPrecose
    • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of oral diabetes medicines.
    • You have to check your blood sugar 2 to 5 times a week (less often once you are on a stable dose).
    • Can cause mild weight gain (2 to 3 pounds).
    • Loses effectiveness over time or as your body stops making insulin.
    • Food can cause unpredictable effects of the immediate-release version of Glipizide, so you have to take it at least 30 minutes before a meal.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    GlucotrolPrecose
    • Works best if you take it 30 minutes before a meal, usually your first big meal of the day.
    • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
    • Avoid drinking alcohol.
    • Eat regular, balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
    • Check your blood sugar regularly.
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