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Expert Advice

Avoid this medication if:

  • You are allergic to this medicine or its contents.

Consult your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant, planning to have a child, or breastfeeding.
  • You have any sort of digestive problems
  • You have a medical history of: Liver diseases, kidney diseases, heart diseases, or bladder cancers.
  • Inform your physician about any other medication you are taking.
  • You experience weakness in your bones
  • You experience breathing difficulties (due to swelling in the lungs)

Be careful about:

  • Having your meals on time to maintain blood sugar levels
  • Taking the medicine timely, in the way that your physician has prescribed.
  • Weight gain, as it is a possible side effect of this medicine.


Primary Uses

Type II diabetes


This medicine is used in the management of type 2 diabetes particularly in overweight patients.

Side Effects

Some patients might experience visual disturbance and Respiratory infection. Please consult your doctor if you experience any of these symtpoms



Please consult your doctor before taking this medicne.


Research suggests that this medicine should be avoided by women who are breastfeeding.


Please avoid driving when taking this medicine as it may affect your ability to drive.


Please avoid consuming alcohol when taking this medicine.


Regular monitoring for cardiac failure is important.


Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any of these conditions; hepatic impairment, cardiac failure or history of cardiac failure.


What family of drugs does this medicine belong to?

It belongs to a class of drugs known as glitazones, or thiazolidinediones

Can this medicine cause low blood sugar?

This is a possible side effect, but can be avoided if meals are taken regularly. Try to carry sugar or a sugary drink in case you experience lightheadedness, or any other symptoms of low blood sugar.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

You can take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you remember when it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose entirely. Do not double your dose to catch up for missed doses.

What will happen if I skip a meal?

If you are not regular with your meals, you may experience symptoms of low blood sugar: Such as palpitation, sweating, dizziness, light headedness etc. In this case, taking sugar can relieve your symptoms.

Will this drug cause swelling?

Using this drug may cause edema (swelling) of the ankles. It may also cause swelling in the lungs, which may lead to breathlessness.

Can this drug be used in the treatment of Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease?

Can this drug be used in the treatment of Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease?

What family of drugs does this medicine belong to?

This drug belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfonylureas. These drugs are used in the treatment and management of diabetes.

Is it safe to have Glimepiride with other anti-diabetic medications such as Sitagliptin?

It is safe to take these medications together, if your physician has recommended it. However, it is important to be even more careful about your meals and dosing schedule, to lower the risk of low blood sugar.

Can this drug be used with Insulin?

If your physician has recommended adding insulin to your treatment, then it should be taken along with this drug. Please make sure that you do not change the prescribed doses in any way, since this may cause changes in blood sugar levels.

Is it better to take metformin with this drug?

Metformin belongs to a different class of drugs, and it can be used along with this drug to improve blood sugar levels. It is safe to take metformin along with this drug, only if your doctor recommends it, and keeping the necessary precautions in mind.

Can this medicine cause low blood sugar?

This is a possible side effect, but can be avoided if meals are taken regularly.

Is this drug safe to use during pregnancy?

No. This drug is not recommended for use in pregnancy. Please consult your doctor before using it during pregnancy.

Can I use this drug during lactation?

No. The use of this medication is not recommended for use during lactation. Please consult your doctor before using this drug during breast feeding.

Can I use this medicine if I have a kidney disease?

This medicine is not recommended for use in kidney problems because it can further worsen the condition. Please consult your doctor for further assistance.

Can I use this medication if I have a liver impairment?

Glimepiride is advised to use cautiously in patients with liver disease. Your doctor may carefully alter the doses if you suffer from it.

What will happen if I skip glimepiride for few days?

This medicine should not be skipped as it can worsen your diabetes. If however, this medication is missed, take the missed pill as soon as you remember but do not double the dose. Complete the full course as recommended by your doctor.

Can I use this drug if I have sulfa allergy?

Avoid using this drug if you are allergic to sulfonylureas or sulfonamides.

Can I use this drug with my blood pressure medicine?

Certain blood pressure medicines may increase the effect of glimepiride and cause the blood sugar levels to fall even more causing hypoglycemia. For this reason, you must consult your doctor before starting therapy with this drug along with any hypertension medicines.


Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.


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