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Tue Feb 25 13:37:31 UTC 2014

What is the difference between glipride and glipizide
Asked By: npehlke  

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I am type 2 and have been on metformin 14 years. Last year my blood sugar has been creeping up. I tried glipride with the metformin and experienced lows. I am concern with the glipizide that I may experience that again
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2014-04-23 17:21:34.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Both glyburide and glipizide are oral diabetes medicines in the same class of drugs: sulfonylureas. Sulfonylureas increases insulin release from beta cells in the pancreas. These pills do the following:

  • help your pancreas make more insulin to lower blood glucose.
  • help your body use the insulin it makes to lower your blood glucose.

    Since these pills make your pancreas produce more insulin, they can cause your blood glucose to go too low. If hypoglycemia continues to occur, talk with your doctor. Your diabetes treatment plan may need to be evaluated and adjustment made to reflect current conditions.

    Learn more about the sulfonylureas.

    Take care.

  • Answered By: Liz Quintana
    Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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