Find out detailed description, uses, directions of use, side effects, warnings and precautions, frequently asked questions about Glycomet-GP 2
Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR belongs to a category of medicines known as anti-diabetic drugs. It is a combination of two medicines used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. It helps control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR should be taken with food. Take it regularly at the same time each day to get the most benefit. Your doctor will decide what dose is best for you and this may change from time to time according to how it is working according to your blood sugar levels.
Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR is a combination of two antidiabetic medicines: Glimepiride and Metformin.Glimepiride is a sulfonylurea which works by increasing the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower the blood glucose. Metformin is a biguanide which works by lowering glucose production in the liver, delaying glucose absorption from intestines and increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin.
Common side effects of Glycomet-GP
If you are allergic to Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet or any other medicines, please tell your doctor. Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet is not recommended for children. Avoid breastfeeding while taking Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet as it may be excreted in human milk. If you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy, please inform your doctor before taking Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet as it may harm the unborn baby. Avoid alcohol consumption with Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet as it may increase the risk of lactic acidosis (accumulation of lactic acid in the body). Drive only if you are alert after taking Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet. Take short, frequent meals and avoid prolonged fasting while taking Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet. Beware of symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which include sweating, dizziness, palpitations, shivering, intense thirst, dry mouth, dry skin, frequent urination, etc. Whenever you experience any of these symptoms, immediately consume 5-6 candies or 3 glucose biscuits, or 3 teaspoons of honey/sugar, and also consult your doctor. Make sure to carry these with you at all times, especially during long travels.
Your ability to drive may be affected if your blood sugar is too low or too high. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR is, however, not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease. Regular monitoring of kidney function test is advisable while you are taking this medicine.
Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR is generally started with low dose in patients with mild to moderate liver disease and its use is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR.
Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Q. What are the recommended storage conditions for Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR?
Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.
Q. Can the use of Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR lead to lactic acidosis?
Yes, the use of Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR can lead to lactic acidosis. It is a medical emergency which is caused by increased levels of lactic acid in the blood. It is also known as MALA (Metformin-associated lactic acidosis). It is a rare side effect associated with the use of metformin and therefore, it is considered to be harmful for patients with underlying kidney disease, old age patients or who take large amounts of alcohol. Symptoms of lactic acidosis may include muscle pain or weakness, dizziness, tiredness, feeling of cold in arms and legs, difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or slow heart rate. If you have these symptoms, stop taking Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR and consult your doctor immediately.
Q. Can the use of Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR cause hypoglycemia?
Yes, the use of Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include nausea, headache, irritability, hunger, sweating, dizziness, fast heart rate and feeling anxious or shaky. It happens more often if you miss or delay your food, drink alcohol, over-exercise or take other antidiabetic medicine along with it. So, regular monitoring of the blood sugar level is important. Always keep a quick source of sugar like glucose tablets, honey or fruit juice with you.
Q. Is it safe to take alcohol while I am also taking Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR?
No, it is not safe to take Glycomet-GP 2 Tablet PR along with alcohol, as it may lower your blood sugar levels and lead to hypoglycemia. It can also increase the chances of lactic acidosis.
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