Glucotrol (Glipizide)

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Glucotrol is an oral prescription medication used in the management of type 2 diabetes. It helps to control blood sugar levels by increasing the production and release of insulin from the pancreas. Glucotrol, also known as Glipizide, belongs to a class of drugs called sulfonylureas. It works by stimulating the pancreas to release more insulin, which helps to lower blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

When used in combination with proper diet and exercise, it can help prevent complications associated with high blood glucose levels, such as nerve problems, kidney damage, blindness, stroke, and heart attack. However, it is not intended for use in patients with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.

Uses and Dosage

Glucotrol is available in tablet form in the strengths of 5 mg and 10 mg and is typically taken once daily before a meal. Take Glucotrol as directed by a healthcare provider and to follow a proper diet and exercise program in conjunction with its use.

Glucotrol (glipizide) is typically taken once daily, 30 minutes before breakfast or the first meal of the day. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is also recommended during treatment with Glucotrol to ensure that the medication is working effectively and to detect any potential complications.

The dosage will depend on the patient's condition and response to treatment and is determined by a healthcare provider. Follow the dosing instructions provided by the healthcare provider and to not change the dosage or schedule without consulting them first.

Side effect

Common Side Effects of Glucotrol (Glipizide):

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Weight gain

Serious Side Effects of Glucotrol (Glipizide):

  • Dark urine
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • High blood sugar or hyperglycemia (fruity breath odor, rapid breathing, flushing, increased urination, confusion, increased thirst)
  • Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia (hunger, blurred vision, shaking, sweating, palpitations, tingling sensation)
  • Seizures
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Signs of an infection (persistent sore throat, chills, fever)
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Yellowish eyes and skin

Form and Strength

Glucotrol (Glipizide) is available in the following forms and strength:

Glucotrol: Tablet

  • 5 mg

Glipizide: Tablet

  • 5 mg
  • 10 mg


  • Allergic reactions: Rarely, Glucotrol may cause an allergic reaction, which can be serious. Patients should seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as rash, hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing.
  • Kidney disease: Glucotrol is excreted by the kidneys, so patients with kidney disease may need to use this medication with caution and under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
  • Liver disease: Glucotrol is metabolized by the liver, so patients with liver disease may need to use this medication with caution and under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
  • Low blood sugar: Glucotrol can cause low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, which can be dangerous if left untreated. Patients should monitor their blood sugar levels regularly and be aware of the symptoms of low blood sugar, such as sweating, shaking, confusion, and dizziness.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Glucotrol is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it may affect the baby. Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should talk to their healthcare provider before using Glucotrol.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What should I do if I miss a dose of Glucotrol?

If you miss a dose of Glucotrol, you should 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. Never take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Can Glucotrol be taken with other medications?

Check with a healthcare provider before taking Glucotrol with other medications, as certain drugs can interact with Glucotrol and cause unwanted side effects.

What happens if you take glipizide and don't eat?

If you take glipizide without food, the medication tells your body to release insulin and your blood sugar can go dangerously low. This happens because food increases our blood sugar and our bodies' natural response is to release insulin to lower blood sugar.

Is glipizide safe in pregnancy?

Glipizide is not a first-choice medication used in pregnancy to lower blood sugar because there are other safer medications that are recommended during pregnancy.


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Additional information

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5mg, 10mg

Quantities Available:

84, 90