Amaryl is an FDA-approved anti-diabetic drug used to reduce blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. It contains the active drug, glimepiride which belongs to the class
Generic name: glimepiride
Brand name: Amaryl
Drug Class: Sulfonylureas
Uses of Amaryl
Amaryl is used to reduce blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes in combination with regular exercise and a balanced diet.
How To Take Amaryl
Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking Amaryl. Read all drug guides or instruction sheets and follow all guidelines on your prescription label. Your doctor may adjust your dose from time to time.
Amaryl is taken once a day, usually with breakfast or the first substantial meal of the day. Pay attention to your doctor’s directions. With a full glass of water, take the tablet. Your blood sugar levels will need to be monitored on a regular basis, and you may require further blood tests at your doctor’s office.
You may feel unusually hungry, dizzy, irritated, confused, anxious, or shaky if you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Eat or drink a fast-acting source of sugar to quickly correct hypoglycemia (fruit juice, hard candy, crackers, raisins, or non-diet soda).
If you have severe hypoglycemia, your doctor may prescribe a glucagon injection kit. In case of an emergency, make sure your family or close friends know how to administer this injection.
Stress, illness, surgery, exercise, alcohol consumption, and meal skipping can all impact blood sugar levels. Before changing your prescription dose or schedule, consult your doctor.
Diet, exercise, weight control, blood sugar testing, and special medical care may all be part of an amaryl therapy plan. Pay strict attention to your doctor’s recommendations.
Store away from moisture and heat at room temperature.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Amaryl. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on Amaryl’s potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
- weight gain
- body aches
Severe side effects include:
- hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- allergic reaction
Severe side effects are uncommon, but they can happen. If you experience any major side effects, contact your doctor at once. If your symptoms are life-threatening or you believe you’re having a medical emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number.
If you have diabetic ketoacidosis, you should avoid taking Amaryl (call your doctor for treatment with insulin).
If you are allergic to sulfa medicines, or if you have heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, an enzyme deficiency (G6PD), adrenal or pituitary gland disorders, or if you are malnourished, tell your doctor before taking Amaryl.
Make sure your blood sugar doesn’t drop too low. If you skip a meal, exercise for too long, drink alcohol, or are stressed, you may experience low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Headache, hunger, weakness, perspiration, tremor, impatience, or difficulty concentrating are some of the symptoms.
If you have low blood sugar, carry hard candy or glucose pills with you. Orange juice and milk are two other sugar sources. Make certain that your family and close friends are aware of how to assist you in an emergency.