Glucotrol Side Effects
Some of the most commonly reported side effects of Glucotrol include dizziness, diarrhea, and shakiness. Most people, however, tolerate the medication well. In many cases, side effects are minor and easy to treat. If you experience any potentially serious side effects, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or signs of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention.
An Overview of Glucotrol Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Glucotrol® (glipizide) or Glucotrol XL® (glipizide extended-release). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Glucotrol. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Common Side Effects of Glucotrol
Glucotrol has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects reported by a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
Based on the studies of Glucotrol XL, the most common side effects included:
- Dizziness -- occurring in up to 6.8 percent of people
- Diarrhea -- in up to 5.4 percent
- Nervousness -- in up to 3.6 percent
- Tremor or shakiness -- in up to 3.6 percent
- Gas -- in up to 3.2 percent.
Other common Glucotrol side effects (occurring in 1 to 3 percent of people) included:
- General pain
- Depression (see Glipizide and Depression)
- Low blood sugar (see Glipizide and Blood Sugar)
- Blurred vision.