Generic Glucotrol XL - Glipizide XL
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CLASS and MECHANISM of Action
Generic "Glucotrol XL" is an oral blood-glucose-lowering drug of the sulfonylurea class.
Active Ingredients: Glipizide
Inactive Ingredients: polyethylene oxide, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, red ferric oxide, cellulose acetate, polyethylene glycol.
What is Generic "Glucotrol XL" PRESCRIBED for?
This is an anti-diabetic medicine (sulfonylurea-type) used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar. Generic "Glucotrol XL" is used in patients with type 2 diabetes. Effectively controlling blood sugar helps prevent heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, and circulation problems, as well as sexual function problems (impotence).
How should I take Generic "Glucotrol XL"
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor.
The usual starting dose of Generic "Glucotrol XL" as initial therapy is 5 mg per day, given with breakfast . Those patients who may be more sensitive to hypoglycemic drugs may be started at a lower dose. Dosage adjustment should be based on laboratory measures of glycemic control. While fasting blood-glucose levels generally reach steady-state following initiation or change in Generic "Glucotrol XL"dosage, a single fasting glucose determination may not accurately reflect the response to therapy.
STORAGE Store Generic "Glucotrol XL" in a tightly-closed container at room temperature below 86 degrees f (30 degrees c), away from heat, moisture, and light.
What are the CONTRADICTIONS for taking Generic "Glucotrol XL?
Generic "Glucotrol XL" is contraindicated in patients with:
- Known hypersensitivity to glipizide or any excipients in the GITS tablets.
- Type 1 diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, with or without coma.
- If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. Generic "Glucotrol XL" is not recommended for use for at least 1 month before delivery due to the potential for fetal harm. Do not breast-feed while taking Generic "Glucotrol XL"As it is unknown if Generic "Glucotrol XL" is excreted in breast milk.
What Happens if I MISS A DOSE?
If you miss a dose of Generic "Glucotrol XL", take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once
What Happens if I OVERDOSE?
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include shakiness, rapid heartbeat, sweating, and loss of consciousness.
What are the possible SIDE EFFECTS of Generic "Glucotrol XL"?
Side effects that may occur during treatment include:
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Headache, or weight gain
Check with your doctor ff they continue or are bothersome. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
Generic "Glucotrol XL"can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This effect may occur if you do not consume enough calories (from food, juices, fruit, etc). To prevent hypoglycemia, eat meals on a regular schedule and do not skip meals. Symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) include thirst, increased urination, confusion, drowsiness, flushing, rapid breathing, or fruity breath odor. If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor immediately. Your medicine dosage may need to be increased. An allergic reaction to Generic "Glucotrol XL" is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
- Persistent sore throat or fever
- Easy bleeding/bruising
- Stomach pain
- Yellowing eyes or skin
- Dark urine
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Unusual or sudden weight gain
- Mental/mood changes
- Swelling of the hands or feet, or seizures.
What other drugs can INTERACT with Generic "Glucotrol XL"?
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine.
It is not recommended to use Generic "Glucotrol XL"with:
When such drugs are administered to a patient or are withdrawn from a patient receiving Generic "Glucotrol XL", he should be observed closely for hypoglycemia.
- nicotinic acid
- thiazides and other diuretics,
- oral contraceptives
- thyroid products
- calcium channel blocking drugs
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Generic "Glucotrol XL".
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking.
It is important that you keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are using Generic "Glucotrol XL". Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., liver and kidney function tests, fasting blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, complete blood counts) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Regularly check your blood or urine for sugar as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.