Alternatives to GlucotrolIn general, treatment for type 2 diabetes begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in managing diabetes, medication such as Glucotrol may be necessary.
The main goal of diabetes medicine is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce the risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because Glucotrol can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing these and other problems related to high blood sugar by taking it.
For most people, the medication is quite effective at controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, you may need to combine Glucotrol with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute for Glucotrol. These substitutes could include other sulfonylureas or other diabetes drugs, either by themselves or in combination.
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What If I Take an Overdose of This Medicine?People who take too much Glucotrol may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Low blood sugar (see Glipizide and Blood Sugar)
- Fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
If you happen to overdose on this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
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