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Glucovance Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Glucovance is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is a combination of 2 drugs such as glyburide and metformin that attack high blood sugar levels in several ways. Glucovance is prescribed when diet and exercise prove insufficient to keep blood sugar levels under control. You can also combined Glucovance with other diabetes drugs such as Avandia.

Glucovance Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 1.25 milligrams of glyburide with 250 milligrams of metformin and you should be taken once or twice daily with meals.
  • The usual starting dose of Glucovance is either 2.5 or 5 milligrams of glyburide with 500 milligrams of metformin twice daily with meals.

Uses of Glucovance

  • Metformin is also used to regulate blood sugar levels.
  • It is also used with diet and exercise to treat non-insulin-dependent diabetes.

Side Effects of Glucovance

Before taken Glucovance medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Glucovance. Side effects may include:

  • Cold sweats
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Shakiness
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Glucovance

  • You should be avoided excessive alcohol intake while you are taking Glucovance. Because heavy drinking increases the danger of lactic acidosis.
  • Missed meals, malnutrition, general debility, liver or kidney problems, other medications, and over-exertion may also increase the risk of hypoglycemia. Symptoms of a mild case such as cold sweats, and hunger. If you develop or feel any of the warning signs, then you should check with your doctor immediately.
  • If you are taking Glucovance with certain diabetes drugs, such as Avandia, then it may increase the risk of hypoglycemia, weight gain, and liver problems.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Glucovance with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Glucovance with the following:

  • Beta-blockers
  • Birth control pills
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Estrogens such as Premarin
  • HydroDiuril, Lasix, and other diuretics
  • Isoniazid
  • MAO inhibitors such as the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate
  • Niacin

After taken Glucovance if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect or an overdose of Glucovance can cause low blood sugar. Symptoms of a Glucovance overdose include:

  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Cold sweats
  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Unconsciousness and coma

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