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Gliclazide

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Gliclazide falls in the category of oral hypoglycemic. This medication is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Gliclazide helps to control the blod sugar levels in the body. It activates the pancreas to secrete more insulin and also supports the body in utilizing insulin more effectively.

Gliclazide is used when other methods of treatment such as diet, weight loss and exercise have failed to produce the desired results. The dosage of Gliclazide varies from 80 mg to 320 mg on a daily basis. If one is to take a dose more than 160 mg then the dose is divided into two equal parts. It is recommended to avoid modifying the dose without consulting the doctor. Also, in case you miss a dose, avoid taking two doses in order to compensate for the missed dose.

It is advised not to take this medication if you – are allergic to any of its ingredients; are breast feeding or pregnant; have an infection; affected by type 1 diabetes; have kidney or liver problems; have undergone surgery.

Gliclazide also has some side effects that are not experienced by everyone taking it. The side effects are – diarrhea, dizziness, stomach cramps, joint pain, gastrointestinal problems, headaches, increased skin sensitivity, vomiting and nausea. Consult a doctor if you experience these side effects. It is advisable to stop from consuming this medication any further if you experience the following – seizures, chest pain, unconsciousness and severe skin reactions such as peeling and blistering.

Do inform you doctor about other medications you are taking before starting a course of Gliclazide. Gliclazide also causes reactions like warmth, nausea and flushing if one consumes alcohol. It is also recommended to follow a proper diet alongside the medication.

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Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Diabetologist before using this medicine.
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

    Gliclazide is used in the treatment of Type II Diabetes Mellitus which is a condition with elevated blood glucose levels in the body.
  • Allergy

    Avoid taking this medicine if you have a known allergy to Gliclazide or any other medicine belonging to the class sulphonylureas.
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis

    Avoid taking this medicine if you have repeated episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Impaired Kidney Function

    Avoid taking this medicine in patients with impaired kidney function or history of severe kidney injury.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed within 4-6 hours.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No habit forming tendencies were reported
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
  • Missed Dose instructions

    The missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dosage then the missed dose can be skipped.
  • Overdose instructions

    It is recommended to discontinue the medicine and contact your doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms like dizziness, confusion, increased heartbeat, tremor and sweating after taking the medicine should be reported immediately.
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Gliclazide belongs to the class sulfonylureas. It works by lowering the blood glucose levels by stimulating the release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease

    Hemolytic Anemia/G6Pd Deficiency

    Gliclazide is not recommended for use in people suffering from Hemolytic Anemia. Reporting this condition to the doctor is a must. In such cases, alternate medication not belonging to Sulfonylureas should be considered.

    Heart Diseases

    Gliclazide should be administered with extreme caution if you suffer from any disease of heart and blood vessels.
  • Interaction with Alcohol

    Alcohol

    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended when you are taking this medicine. Do not perform activities that require mental alertness like operating heavy machinery or driving a vehicle. Inform the doctor if you experience any undesired effect.
  • Interaction with Lab Test

    Lab

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Food

    Food

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Miconazole

    This combination is not recommended as it leads to an increase in the concentration of Gliclazide. This may further cause hypoglycemic effects like dizziness, confusion and weakness. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

    Phenylbutazone

    This combination is not recommended as it leads to an increase in the concentration of Gliclazide, which may cause hypoglycemic effects like dizziness, confusion, weakness. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

    Chlorpromazine

    The desired effect of Gliclazide may not be achieved if taken with chlorpromazine. This interaction is more likely to occur if a high dose of chlorpromazine is used. Frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels is necessary. Dose adjustment or an alternative treatment should be considered based on the clinical condition.

    Glucocorticoids

    The desired effect of Gliclazide may not be achieved if taken with glucocorticoids like prednisolone and methylprednisolone etc. This interaction is more likely to occur if glucocorticoids are taken for more than a week. Frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels and kidney function tests are necessary. Dose adjustment or an alternative treatment should be considered based on the clinical condition.
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