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Pioglitazone and glimepiride is often prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps lower and control blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity and helping the pancreas produce more insulin. Pioglitazone and glimepiride comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a day. Potential side effects of the medication include low blood sugar, upper respiratory tract infections, or weight gain.
- Pioglitazone is part of a group of medications called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"). It helps to improve insulin sensitivity, meaning that it helps your body use its natural insulin better. This helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.
- Glimepiride is part of a class of diabetes medications known as sulfonylureas. As a sulfonylurea, glimepiride helps the pancreas produce more insulin. It may also help cells respond to insulin better. This helps to lower blood sugar and keep diabetes under better control.