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In general, type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes are not effective at managing diabetes, medication, such as glimepiride, may be necessary.
 
The main goal of diabetes medicine is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because glimepiride can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing problems related to high blood sugar.
 
For most people, glimepiride is quite effective at controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well tolerated. However, the medicine may not work as well as needed, and there are also potential side effects. In these cases, you may need to combine glimepiride with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute for glimepiride. These substitutes could include other sulfonylureas or other diabetes medicines, either by themselves or in combination.
 
(Click Amaryl Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for glimepiride. To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click on any of the following links:
 

Overdose

People who take too much glimepiride may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Fainting
  • Shakiness
  • Fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Confusion
  • Sweating.
     
If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
 
(Click Amaryl Overdose for more information.)
 
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