What is Glizide?
Gliclazide is a treatment used to help reduce blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes (noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus). Glyclazide works by increasing the amount of insulin produced by the body. The extra insulin in turn helps to break down blood sugars. This reduces the total blood sugar in the patient.
How is Glizide used?
Your docotr will prescribe you a starting dose based on your condition. This may require some blood tests to determine a starting point. Dosages may then be adjusted up or down after subsequent blood tests to see how the blood sugar levels are progressing.
If you experience any of the following while taking glyclazide, you should contact your doctor immediately:
- itching, skin rash or other skin conditions
- bruising or bleeding more easily than normal
- fever, chills or weakness
Gliclazide may initially result in nausea, upset stomach or diarrhea as your body adjust to a new drug. This can be expected, but if they continue or become a larger problem, you should contact your doctor.
Glyclazide can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Signs that you may have developed hypoglycemia include excessive tiredness or drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, nervousness, shaking, increased sweating, increased hunger, tingling in the hands and feet, increased heart rate. Let your doctor know if you think you have become hypoglycemic.
Before deciding if Gliclazide is right for you, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Im particluar, you will need to discuss:
- if you have type-1 diabetes
- if you have suffered from or are at risk of hypoglycaemia due to dietary issues
- if you suffer from heart or circulatory problems
- if you have any kidney or liver problems
- if you are allergic or sensitive to sulphonylureas or sulphonamides or any other ingredients in gliclazide tablets
- if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you have any metabolic problems