Glycomet GP 2 tablet is used to treat type-2 diabetes which helps to reduce or control hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels in the blood). This medicine may also be used with other drugs as a combination therapy. The medicine further helps to prevent blindness, kidney damage, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and other problems caused by type-2 diabetes. However, the uses mentioned here are not exhaustive. There may be other conditions for which this drug may be used upon doctor’s discretion.
The active ingredients of Glycomet GP 2 tablet are Glimepiride 2mg and Metformin 500mg.
Metformin works by decreasing hepatic glucose production by withholding gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis. This slows down the intestinal absorption of glucose and improves insulin sensitivity.
On the other hand, Glimepiride triggers the insulin release from pancreatic beta cells and reduces glucose output from the liver and increases insulin sensitivity.
Patients with the following conditions are suggested to seek advice from their health care professional before using Glycomet GP 2 tablet:
The following side effects may or may not occur during the usage of the Glycomet GP 2 tablet. It is generally well tolerated when taken in the prescribed dosage guidelines. More common ones are generally mild and may include:
Rare but more serious adverse effects may include:
Do not exceed the dose prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow Glycomet GP2 tablet whole, immediately after opening the tablet from the strip. Do not break/cut/ chew the tablet whole.
Avoid missing a dose. If you do, take it as soon as you remember; but if it is time for your next dose, skip it and take it according to your normal schedule. Don’t consume two doses at the same time which is dangerous to your health.
Take the Glycomet GP 2 tablet with food or take immediately before or during breakfast but do not skip meals.
Dosage as recommended by your doctor or follow the directions written on the prescription.
Avoid taking more than the prescribed dosage. In case of an accidental overdose, promptly seek medical advice. Depending on the dosage, symptoms may vary but you may experience any one or more of the following signs or symptoms:
Take Glycomet GP 2 tablet only on the advice of a medical practitioner. Dosage adjustment or complete avoidance of the medication may be required in the following conditions:
Do not use Glycomet GP 2 tablet if you have any severe kidney diseases until unless advised by the doctor.
Inform your doctor if you have any hepatic problems before taking Glycomet GP2 tablet.
Metformin: Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while using this medicine – because it is not known whether this drug may harm a fetus or not.
Glimepiride: Caution advised during pregnancy – it is not known whether this drug may affect a newborn or not. Also, no human data available. There is a noted risk of prolonged severe fetal hypoglycemia at birth based on animal data.
Metformin: Do not breastfeed an infant while using this medicine – because safety during lactation is not yet established.
Glimepiride: No human data available to evaluate effects on milk production or infant harm during breastfeeding, therefore, it is suggested to consider an alternative.
Do not take alcohol while using this medicine – this may decrease your blood sugar levels and may increase the risk of lactic acidosis and also interferes with diabetes treatment.
Caution always advised when used with other drugs, especially with Digoxin, Furosemide, Probenecid, Aspirin or other salicylates, Blood thinners, Sulfa drugs, insulin or other oral diabetes medications.
Category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes).
Glimepiride raises insulin levels and helps tissues respond better to the insulin.
This drug may be used alone or with other high blood sugar (diabetes) drugs. Take as you have been told, even if you are feeling better. Take with the first meal of the day. Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
Low blood sugar. Signs include anger, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating. Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. Weight gain.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
If you have an allergy to gliclazide or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you have a sulfa (sulfonamide) allergy, talk with your doctor. If you have any of these health problems: Acidic blood problem, very bad kidney disease, very bad liver disease, or type 1 diabetes. If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. If you are breast-feeding.
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain. Very upset stomach or throwing up. Very low blood sugar or very high blood sugar. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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