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Gliclazide

[ Generic Medicines for Diabetes Treatment ]

Gliclazide is a medicinal drug with an activity of hypoglycemic. This active agent increases peripheral insulin sensitivity. It plays the role of a hypoglycemic agent, a radical scavenger and an insulin secretagogue. It is an antihyperglycemic agent used in the treatment of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.  Many popular brands are composed of this active ingredient and available in the form of extended-release and delayed-release tablets for oral consumption.

Class of Drugs – Sulfonylureas

Molecular Formula – C15H21N3O3S

Molecular Weight - 323.4 g/mol

Working: This mentioned active ingredient Glipizide that helps to release insulin from the pancreas. The peptic hormone insulin moves sugar from the bloodstream to the cells, where it belongs. This process leads to a decrease in blood sugar levels.

Uses: Given medicine is approved for the treatment of high blood pressure. Glimepiride must be used with proper diet and exercise program prescribed by the doctor. It controls high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It can be used with other diabetes drugs. Due to controlled blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. It may also lessen the risk of a heart attack or stroke. This medicine belongs to the class of drugs known as sulfonylureas. It causes the release of the body's natural insulin to control sugar.

Popular Brands and Dosages: Given sulfonylureas component is used in popular brands as mentioned below:

  • Diamicron: 40 mg, 80 mg, 30 mg, and 60 mg
  • Diamicron MR: 40 mg, 80 mg, 30 mg, and 60 mg

It may cause blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness due to extremely low or high blood sugar. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision or concentration.