Glimepiride is a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. It works by helping the pancreas produce more insulin and allowing the cells of the body to respond better to insulin. As a result, blood sugar levels decrease. Glimepiride comes in tablet form and in six different strengths, varying from 1 mg to 8 mg, and should be taken orally once daily with the first meal of the day. Potential side effects of this drug include nausea, headaches, and weakness.
What Is Glimepiride?
Glimepiride (Amaryl®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes).
(Click What Is Glimepiride Used For? for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects of glimepiride. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects of glimepiride include:
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) (see Amaryl and Blood Sugar)
- Upset stomach (nausea).
(Click Side Effects of Glimepiride to learn about the specific side effects of this drug, including serious side effects to look out for. You can also read about other possible side effects by going to: