Glucotrol XL Uses
Glucotrol XL is in a class of drugs called sulfonylureas. It is used to help control blood sugar levels. Glucotrol XL is used to treat Type II diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) along with diet, exercise, if necessary.
How To Use Glucotrol XL
Take Glucotrol XL exactly as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Take each dose with a full glass of water. For the greatest effect, Glucotrol XL is usually taken at bedtime or with an evening meal. It may also be taken several times a day. Follow your doctor's instructions. Never take more of this medication than is prescribed for you.
Glucotrol XL Side Effects
This drug may cause following serious side effects : an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, or hives), nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or dark urine. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience an unusually rapid increase in weight or edema (swelling, water retention), shortness of breath, or chest pain during treatment with Glucotrol XL. These may be early symptoms of heart problems. Although Glucotrol XL does not usually cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), hypoglycemia may result from skipped meals, excessive exercise, or alcohol consumption. Know the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, which include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, and nausea. Carry a piece of hard non-dietetic candy or glucose tablets with you to treat episodes of low blood sugar. Other less serious side effects may also occur. Continue to take Glucotrol XL and talk to your doctor if you experience: headache, or sore throat, nasal discharge, or cold symptoms. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
Glucotrol XL Precautions
Tell you doctor if you have kidney disease, have liver disease, have thyroid disease, have type 1 diabetes, have a serious infection, illness, or injury, or need surgery. Glucotrol XL should not be used without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy. As it might passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Caution is advised when this product is used in the elderly since this group may be more sensitive to side effects. Follow diet, medication, and exercise routines closely. Changing any of these things can effect blood sugar levels. Avoid alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may interfere with your diabetes treatment. Tell your doctor and dentist that you are taking this medication before you undergo any surgery.
Glucotrol XL Drug Interactions
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you are using, especially : salsalate (Disalcid, others), choline salicylate (Arthropan), magnesium salicylate (Magan), or bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol), NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, others), ketoprofen (Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam), etodolac (Lodine), indomethacin (Indocin), nabumetone (Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve), and others, a sulfa-based drug such as sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra), sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin), or sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil), a beta-blocker, a diuretic (water pill) such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril), chlorothiazide (Diuril), and others.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Glucotrol XL Overdose
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. An overdose of Glucotrol XL may include hunger, nausea, anxiety, cold sweats, weakness, drowsiness, unconsciousness, and coma.
Glucotrol XL Notes
Do not share Glucotrol XL with others.
Glucotrol XL Missed Dose
If you miss an Glucotrol XL dosage, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Glucotrol XL Storage
Store Glucotrol XL at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from sunlight and moisture.
The following Informationrmation is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.