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Diabeta is an oral tablet made up of a drug called glyburide, which belongs to the drug class called sulfonylureas. This tablet is usually pink or white; color can vary based on dose and if it’s a generic or brand choice. We carry both the generic (glyburide) and the brand choice (Diabeta) in 2.5mg and 5mg! Both the brand name and generic choice offer equal effectiveness, they only vary in price, appearance and name!
Diabeta is prescribed to treat diabetes type 2, commonly used in combination with a proper diet and exercise routine and sometimes other diabetes medication. People who have diabetes type 2 risk kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs and sexual function, due to an excess amount of sugar in their blood. Additionally, diabetes can cause heart attacks and strokes if not treated.
Glyburide helps to lessen these risks in people with diabetes and their symptoms (which can include being cranky, feeling worn out, wounds that do not heal and higher frequency in infections) by lowering blood sugar levels. It does this by releasing insulin from your pancreas. When insulin is released, it helps with the relocating of sugar in your bloodstream to the cells in your body, which provides it with energy. This process reduces sugar levels in the blood.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Diabeta (glyburide) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions carefully, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.
Take Diabeta with the first main meal of the day (breakfast); swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor first.
Your blood sugar levels will need to be checked regularly.
Certain conditions and medications can interact with Diabeta and should not be combined. If you are being treated with Tracleer (bosentan) or if you have diabetes type 1, you should not use Diabeta and should consult your doctor about alternative medications.
In other cases, you may still be able to use Diabeta even if you have a certain condition or take a certain medication, however you may need a dose adjustment or may need to take extra precaution when taking Diabeta. Speak to your doctor about the following if they apply to you:
Other important cautions
You should not breast feed if you are taking Diabeta.
Diabeta can increase risk of serious heart problems however so can untreated diabetes;; consult your doctor.
Your doctor may prescribe you a glucagon emergency injection kit; use this incase of severe hypoglycemia and cannot eat or drink.
Common side effects of Diabeta (glyburide) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Diabeta (glyburide) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for; contact your doctor if you notice these signs
Low sodium – headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady.
Severe skin reaction – fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) – extreme weakness, nausea, tremors, sweating, confusion, trouble speaking, fast heartbeats, or seizure.
What should I avoid while on Diabeta?
Avoid the following while on glyburide (Diabeta):
1. Taking colesevelam within 4 hours of taking Diabeta
2. Drinking alcohol as it lowers blood sugar levels and may interfere with your treatment.
3. Excessive and direct sunlight or radiation (like tanning beds). You may sunburn more easily.
What can blood sugar levels be affected by?
A number of factors can affect blood sugar levels such as stress, illness, exercise, surgery, alcohol use, or skipping meals.
I want to switch to a generic alternative; do I need to tell my doctor before doing so?
Yes. Your doctor may have prescribed you the brand choice for a reason. However you may be allowed to use a generic form but you will still need to consult your doctor as you may need a dose adjustment when switching from brand to generic.
What is the average dose for an adult with diabetes type 2?
The average dose for an adult with diabetes type 2 would be as follows:
Initial: 2.5mg-5mg once a day, can increase by 2 (no more than 2.5)mg at weekly intervals
Maintenance: 1.25mg-20mg once a day or divided into twice a day.
Max: 20mg per day.
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