Generic Amaryl is a sulfonylurea-class oral hypoglycemic that's made to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. This drug is used to increase the amount of insulin created in the pancreas, allowing for more controlled blood sugar levels. For best results, use Generic Amaryl in combination with a healthy diet and exercise plan. Some patients may warrant additional insulin treatment in combination with this medication. Consult your doctor before adding Generic Amaryl to your diabetes treatment to see if this medicine is right for you.
Amaryl may also be marketed as:
Adiuvan, Amarel, Glimepiride and GLIMY
Always follow your doctor's instructions and the directions on your prescription label when taking Generic Amaryl.
Take Generic Amaryl with the first meal of the day and a full cup of water. Speak to your doctor to determine the dosage that's right for you.
Always be aware of decreasing blood sugar levels throughout the day. Know what signs to look for, and have a small candy of other sugar source on hand at all times.
Always read the ingredients on the label before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction. Stop taking this medication and consult a doctor if you experience symptoms associated with allergies. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following side effects: shortness of breath, fatigue, discolored urine or stool, upper abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, hallucination, lack of coordination, seizure, or muscle pains. Call your doctor and stop taking this medication if you experience any unusual skin reactions including: redness, rashes, itching, pale skin, sudden bruising, abnormal or easy bleeding, numb or tingling feeling, or jaundice.
Other less serious side effects associated with taking Generic Amaryl include: headache, dizziness, mild fatigue, and heightened sensitivity to sunlight.
Always be aware of the symptoms associated with low blood pressure, such as: sudden changes in mood, trouble concentrating, hunger, headache, sudden weakness, perspiration, and shaking. Have a small candy of other sugar source on hand at all times to help restore normal blood sugar levels.
Consult your doctor if you have a history of heart conditions, liver problems, kidney disease, complications with pituitary or adrenal glands, enzyme deficiency, malnourishment or allergies to drugs containing sulfa and lactose. Those currently diagnosed as diabetic ketoacidosis should not take this medication. Do not take Generic Amaryl if you are allergic to glimepiride.
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.
Those taking Generic Amaryl should take extra precautions concerning sun protection, including using sunblock (SPF 30 or higher) and appropriate clothing. Avoid using tanning beds, and direct exposure to sunlight while on this medication.
Inform your doctor of all prescription and herbal medications that you are taking before starting to use Generic Amaryl. Certain medications may impair the user's ability to detect lower levels of blood sugar. These medications include albuterol, clonidine, and various beta-blockers such as atenolol, metoprolol, nadolol, propranolol, timolol and labetalol.
The following drugs may increase your odds of experiencing low blood sugar levels: fluoxetine, clarithromycin, disopyramide, probenecid, exenatide, anti-inflammatories (non-steroidal), blood thinners, salicylates based medications including aspiring and Pepto-Bismol, monoamine oxidase inhibitor, sulfa based drugs, and certain antibiotics such as ofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, norfloxacin.
It is not recommended to mix Generic Amaryl with the following oral diabetes drugs, including: acarbose, metformin, miglitol, pioglitazone or rosiglitazone, as they may further lower your blood pressure.
The following medications may increase your odds of experiencing increased blood sugar levels: isoniazid, steroids, diuretics, niacin, thyroid medicine, birth control pills, phenothiazines, diet pills, cold medicines, allergy supressors, asthma treatments and medications mean to prevent seizures.
Never exceed the recommended dosage of Generic Amaryl. Missed doses should be taken as soon as the users remembers, however if it almost time for the next dosage, skip the missed dose and revert back to normal schedule. Do not take more than 2 doses of Generic Amaryl in one instance.
The ideal storage temperature to Generic Amaryl is between 15-30 degrees Celsius, (59 to 86 F). Generic Amaryl should be kept away from moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep out of reach of children and pets.