Amaryl (glimepiride). This is a diabetes medicine used to control blood sugar levels. This medicine is used in conjunction with exercise and diet to help treat type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high sugar levels in the blood.
Amaryl should not be administered if you are in a condition of diabetic ketoacidosis, rather you should call your doctor for insulin treatment.
You should ask your doctor if you are allergic to sulfa drugs, or if you have liver disease, a deficiency of the enzyme (G6PD), or if you suffer heart disease, kidney disease, problems with pituitary or adrenal gland, or if you are malnourished before taking Amaryl.
Care should be taken to avoid the blood sugar from getting too low. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may be experienced when you skip a meal, drink alcohol, are under stress, or exercise too long.
Symptoms include hunger, headache, weakness, tremor, sweating, trouble concentrating or irritability. It is advised to take glucose tablets or hard candy along with you in case you experience low blood sugar. Other sources of sugar include milk and orange juice. Ensure your close friends and family are enlightened on how to assist you in case of any emergency.
Side effects of Amaryl
If any of these symptoms of allergic reaction to Amaryl occurs, seek immediate
medical aid: breathing difficulty, hives, swelling of the throat, lips, tongue, or face.
You need to call your doctor immediately if you experience:
- severe reaction on the skin, sore throat, fever, swelling of the face or tongue, skin pain, burning of the eyes, purple or red skin rash;
- or dark colored urine, fever, pale or yellowed skin, weakness or confusion.
Common side effects of Amaryl may include:
- flu symptoms;
- or dizziness, wealness.
Amaryl should be administered exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Ensure it is not taken longer than recommended, or in larger or smaller amounts. Directions on your prescription label should be strictly adhered to. The dose might be occasionally changed by your doctor to make sure you have the best results.
This medicine is usually taken with breakfast or the first major meal of the day, daily. Use with a full glass of water, following your doctor's instructions.
You need to check your blood sugar level regularly and other blood tests may be required at your doctor's office.
Amaryl is, however, only part of a treatment program that may also include exercise, weight control, diet, special medical care and blood sugar testing. It is important to stick strictly to your doctor's instructions.