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  Amaryl
Drug uses
Amaryl is a medication taken by mouth classified as sulfonylureas and used to treat diabetes 2 in cases when neither diet nor exercises help to control high sugar level in blood. It stimulates pancreas to produce more insulin in order to reduce the amount of sugar in blood. Amaryl may be used with other diabetes medications as well as insulin.
How taken
Amaryl is available as a tablet taken orally once a day usually at breakfast time with food. The average dose is 1-2 mg daily to start with but it may be increased up to 8 mg. If this maximum doesn’t work, your doctor may prescribe you something in addition to Amaryl.
Precautions
1 Do not exceed the dose prescribed.
2 Do not use the medicine and inform the doctor if you’ve ever been allergic to Amaryl or anything else.
3 Amaryl is used in combination with a good diet and exercises otherwise side effects may occur. It doesn’t substitute for insulin as it’s not an oral form of it.
4 Your doctor will want you to take regular urine and blood tests in order to know your sugar levels. Regular checks are necessary as you may need dose adjustment.
5 Let the doctor know about any other medications you are taking at the moment. Be sure you’ve mentioned:
Warfarin
Nicotinic acid
Beta-blockers
Estrogens
Airway-opening drugs
Sulfa drugs
Miconazole
Isoniazid
Probenecid
MAO inhibitors
Salicylate medications
Diuretics
Thyroid medications
Oral contraceptives
Chloramphenicol
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Corticosteroids
Major tranquilizers
6 Tell the doctor if you are planning to have a baby or you are pregnant already. Do not breastfeed during the treatment.
7 Make sure the doctor knows about any specific medical conditions of yours besides diabetes such as:
Diabetic ketoacidosis
Heart/kidney/liver/adrenal/pituitary problems
8 The use of Amaryl in children hasn’t been proved to be safe and effective enough.
9 Alcohol, injuries, surgery, excessive physical exercises, fever, infection and other diabetes medicines may add to low blood sugar. Keep contact with your doctor during that time.
Side effects
If any side effects occur, consult with your doctor as he/she may decide whether the medicine is suitable for you. The most common side effects are low blood sugar, pain in the stomach and abdomen, heartbeat irregularities, giddiness, frequent urination, irritability, confusion, stomach upset, diarrhea, vision problems, weakness, sickness, skin rash and itching, liver and blood problems, troubled breathing, convulsions and coma.
Missed dose
Do not double doses if you forgot to take one. Take it as soon as possible, if it’s time to take the next one, skip it and follow your everyday schedule.
Overdose
If you take too much of the medicine, it may cause low blood sugar the symptoms of which are vision problems, sweating, giddiness, headache, tremor, sickness, irritability, seizures, hard breathing, coma. It may be improved if you eat a sweet product but in serious cases call an emergency immediately.
Storage
  • Keep away from children
  • Store at room temperature
  • Keep away from heat, cold, direct light and damp places
  • Dispose of an outdated medicine

Disclaimer
This information is to serve your information purposes only and not to be looked upon as directions for a particular patient. It’s supposed to supplement to but not to substitute for the skill and knowledge of practitioners. The abstract only covers some general issues of drug uses, directions, warnings, possible side effects. We disclaim any responsibility for any adverse effects and negative consequences that may be the result of the use of this information. For more details consult with your doctor.