What is DiaBeta (Gly Buride) and what are its uses ?
DiaBeta (glyburide) is an oral blood-glucose-lowering drug of the sulfonylurea class. It is a white, crystalline compound, formulated as tablets of 2.5 mg, and 5 mg strengths. Glyburide is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. Glyburide is used to treat type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent).
This medication is not for treating type 1 diabetes. Glyburide may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Glyburide is an anti-diabetic drug (sulfonylurea-type) used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar. It is used in patients with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). It works by stimulating the release of your body's natural insulin. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Take this medication by mouth with breakfast or the first main meal, usually once daily; or use as directed by your doctor. Some patients, especially those taking higher doses, may be directed to take this drug twice a day. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day. Monitor blood glucose levels on a regular basis. Inform your doctor if your blood glucose measurements are too high or too low.
Dosage: How should you take DiaBeta (Gly Buride) ?
The usual starting dose of Diabeta as initial therapy is 2.5 to 5 mg daily, administered with breakfast or the first main meal. Dosage increases should be made in increments of no more than 2.5 mg at weekly intervals based upon the patient's blood glucose response.
No exact dosage relationship exists between Diaßeta and the other oral hypoglycemic agents.
Daily doses of more than 20 mg are not recommended.
Once-a-day therapy is usually satisfactory, based upon usual meal patterns and a 10 hour half-life of Diaßeta. Some patients, particularly those receiving more than 10 mg daily, may have a more satisfactory response with twice-a-day dosage.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: persistent sore throat or fever, easy bleeding or bruising, stomach pain, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, unusual tiredness or weakness, unusual or sudden weight gain, mental/mood changes, swelling of the hands or feet, seizures.
This medication can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This effect may occur if you do not consume enough calories (from food, juices, fruit, etc.). To help prevent hypoglycemia, eat meals on a regular schedule and do not skip meals.
Symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) include thirst, increased urination, confusion, drowsiness, flushing, rapid breathing, or fruity breath odor. If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor immediately. Your medication dosage may need to be increased.
An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.