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Rosiglitazone and Glimepiride: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking rosiglitazone and glimepiride, you should talk with your healthcare provider if you have:
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure or renal failure
  • Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD deficiency)
  • Heart problems of any kind, especially congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue
  • Pituitary gland problems
  • An upcoming surgery
  • Any allergies, including allergies to sulfa drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Avandaryl and Pregnancy)
  • Having problems getting pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pre-menopausal without regular menstrual periods.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Rosiglitazone and Glimepiride for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take this drug.)

Alternatives to Rosiglitazone and Glimepiride

In general, type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at managing diabetes, medication, such as rosiglitazone and 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 rosiglitazone and 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, rosiglitazone and glimepiride 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 rosiglitazone and glimepiride with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute for rosiglitazone and glimepiride. These substitutes could include other combination medications or other types of diabetes medications.
(Click Avandaryl Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for rosiglitazone and glimepiride. To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click on any of the links below:
Diabetes Tips for Seniors

Rosiglitazone and Glimepiride Drug Info

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