Gliclazide is a drug used for the control of blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes. This drug is given as adjunct with diet and exercise to keep control over high blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes mellitus. This really reduces the implications posed by the chronic elevated sugar levels of the body. It helps in reducing the risk associated with cardiovascular diseases, stroke and kidney related problems.
The ailments it is used for:
Gliclazide is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of type 2 Diabetes. It is given as an adjunct with diet and exercise in the management of Type 2 diabetes.
Understanding the drug Gliclazide:
How it works?
Gliclazide helps in controlling the bloods sugar levels in the body. Gliclazide is an active ingredient falling in the class of sulfonylurea and it acts by stimulating beta cells of the pancreas. This in turn produces insulin that regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. Gliclazide tends to increase basal and meal insulin secretion and release. This drug is metabolized in liver and 60-70% of its metabolites are excreted in urine and 10-20% is excreted in feces.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Gliclazide if you:
- Are allergic to the active ingredient present in it
- Are enzyme (Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase) deficient
- Have liver related problems
- Are having type 1 diabetes
- are pregnant or planning to become a pregnant
- are breast feeding
- have kidney related problems
- have diabetes ketoacidosis
- are taking some form of Miconazole
- are allergic to sulfonylurea or sulfonamides
How much to take?
Only a Doctor can assign you the best suitable dose for you. It is not possible to fix the dose. Person’s body weight, health status, severity of the disease condition and age are the few factors that are considered before recommending the dose. Doctor is the one who will decide the best therapeutic dose for you.
What are the strengths available?
Gliclazide is available in two strength combination on our website:
- Glizid 40 mg
- Glizid 80 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Glizid is manufactured by Panacea Biotech, a giant pharmaceutical and is available on our website in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take?
Gliclazide is taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take the tablet with full glass of water. Don’t crush or chew the tablet.
When to take?
Gliclazide is generally taken once a day with breakfast. Dose can be increased up to twice a day. Always take the medicine as instructed by the doctor. Follow each and every instruction; in case of any doubt ask your pharmacist or concerned doctor.
For how long should it be taken?
This drug is meant to be taken on regular basis, so keep on taking the drug as long as recommended by the Doctor. Sudden discontinuation can lead to undesired and severe conditions.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter hypoglycemia state. Perform gastric lavage immediately and administer glucose intravenously to overcome the hypoglycemic side effects.
What if you miss the dose?
Try to take the medicine at the same time each day; this reduces the chances of missing dose. Consult your Doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to compensate with the missed one.
What are the side effects?
Gliclazide is very effective and potent antidiabetic drug. Every drug possesses some side effects, same goes with the Gliclazide. Following are the associated side effects:
- Gastrointestinal disturbances such as diarrhea, nausea, constipation and vomiting
- Bloating (intense feeling of full and tight abdomen)
- Skin reactions like urticaria, pruritis, rashes, hives and flushing
- Headache and dizziness
- Bleeding associated problems like bruising, Sore throat and paleness
- Yellowing of eyes and skin
- Vision problems
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Give a complete account of your medicines you are taking till date. Doctor will give you the list of drugs that may interact with the Gliclazide and can produce unwanted effects. The drugs that may interact with Gliclazide are as follows:
- Beta blockers
- Vitamin k
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Always monitor your blood sugar levels
- Keep medicine out of the sight and reach of children
- Avoid consumption of alcohol while using this drug
- Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Follow strict diet and exercise regimen while taking this drug