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Diamicron is an oral anti-diabetic drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes. Diamicron tablets contain the active ingredient gliclazide. Gliclazide belongs to the sulfonylurea group of medications. It works by helping the pancreas produce more insulin and by reducing the amount of glucose produced by the liver.
Gliclazide can be used when diet, exercise, and weight reduction have not been found to control blood glucose well enough without medication. It increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas and helps the body use insulin more efficiently.
Uses and Dosage
Diamicron is available in various forms such as tablets and modified-release tablets. Typically, Diamicron is taken orally with or without food, usually once a day. To use Diamicron (Gliclazide) tablet, follow your doctor's instructions and the medication label carefully. Take your tablets with a drink of water before a meal. If your doctor has asked you to take this medicine once a day, take your tablets before breakfast.
Your dosage will depend on your individual needs, response to treatment, and other medical conditions. It is important to take the medication at the same time(s) every day to help maintain a consistent blood sugar level. Additionally, monitor your blood sugar levels closely while taking Diamicron and inform your doctor of any changes or concerns.
The recommended daily dose of gliclazide is between 80 and 320 mg, which should be divided into two equal doses if the dose is 160 mg or higher. It is recommended to take gliclazide with meals if possible, and the total daily dose should not exceed 320 mg.
Common Side Effects of Diamicron (Gliclazide):
- Abdominal pain
Serious Side Effects of Diamicron (Gliclazide):
- Feeling tired or general illness
- High temperature (fever)
- Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
- Low blood glucose level (hypoglycaemia)
- Mouth ulcers
- Purple spots
- Skin reactions such
- Sore throat
- Unexplained bruising or bleeding
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
Form and Strength
Diamicron (Gliclazide) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 80 mg
- 40 mg
- 80 mg
- You should not stop taking Diamicron without speaking to your doctor first. Even if your blood sugar levels are under control, stopping the medication suddenly can cause your blood sugar to rise again. Your doctor may recommend gradually reducing your dosage over time.
- Diamicron can cause low blood sugar, which is a potentially serious side effect. Be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels closely and speak to your doctor if you experience any symptoms of low blood sugar.
- If you have kidney problems, you should speak to your doctor before taking Diamicron. Diamicron medication is processed by the kidneys, so your doctor may need to adjust your dosage or suggest a different medication.
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should speak to your doctor before taking Diamicron. There is limited information on the safety of it during pregnancy, so your doctor may recommend a different medication.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Diamicron. Alcohol can increase the risk of low blood sugar, which is a potential side effect of the medication.
- Continue to follow the diet and exercise advice given to you by your doctor or nurse while you are using this medicine. This medicine only helps to control your blood sugar levels and should not be used as a substitute for eating healthily and taking regular exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the side effects of Diamicron?
The most common side effects of Diamicron include low blood sugar, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. If you experience any of these side effects, you should speak to your doctor.
Can Diamicron cause weight gain?
Weight gain is not a common side effect of Diamicron. However, it is possible that some people may experience weight gain while taking this medication.
How long does it take for Diamicron to work?
Diamicron starts working within a few hours of taking the medication. However, it may take several weeks of taking the medication to see the full effects.
How is Diamicron taken?
Diamicron is usually taken orally, with or without food. Your dosage will depend on your individual needs, and your doctor may adjust your dosage over time. It is important to take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Diamicron?
If you miss a dose of Diamicron, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
It's important to purchase Diamicron from verified Canadian pharmacy.