Without a Prescription
Glucovance (also known under the name of Glyburide) is an anti-diabetic medication which prescribed along with a proper diet and a lot of exercises can control the high levels of sugar in the blood. Glucovance stimulates the human organism to release its natural insulin.
Glucovance is usually prescribed by doctors in order to prevent strokes, blindness, kidney disease, circulation problems, heart disease and sexual problems such as impotence. This medication is also prescribed in patients who are suffering from gestational diabetes and diabetes type II. Glucovance may also be prescribed to serve other purposes than those listed above. For more information, patients are recommended to ask their personal healthcare provider, physician or pharmacist.
Patients should inform their personal health care provider before beginning the treatment with Glucovance if they are suffering from any medical condition, especially the following: acidosis, diabetic coma, ketones in the blood, mental stress and slow stomach emptying.
Patients should also tell their doctor or physician if they have other medical conditions in which their insulin needs changed frequently. Such medical conditions include: heart disease, kidney and liver problems, overactive thyroid, underactive thyroid, adrenal and pituitary gland and weakened physical condition.
Glucovance can be safe to use during pregnancy or can not be safe, this depends on the type of medication prescribed by the doctor; this is why it is important for the women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding to talk to their doctor before starting the treatment with Glucovance.
Patients should ask their doctor to tell them how to take this medication in order to obtain visible results during and after the treatment. This medication should be taken by mouth once or twice per day depending on the doctor's indications. Patients who take Glucovance once a day are recommended to take it during one of the meals. They should listen carefully to the doctor's indications and under no circumstances should they deviate from them.
Patients who are taking Glucovance twice a day should take the first dose during breakfast. Individuals should make sure that they take this medication at the same time every day and should not stop the treatment without discussing first with their doctor.
At the beginning of the treatment the doctor will prescribe you a dose of 2.5 mg to 5 mg of Glucovance taken daily. People who are suffering from kidney and liver problems, adrenal and pituitary deficiency will need a special dose adjustment and will probably receive 1.25 mg per day. Your personal health care provider can increase or decrease the dose of Glucovance during the treatment. The dose can be increased up to 20 mg per day maximum. If you are currently taking Glucovance and you have another dosage schedule than the one above, do not change it without talking with your doctor.
In the case in which a patient suspects that he has taken an overdose of Glucovance, he should immediately contact his personal health care provider and the local poison control center. Your physician may ask you to remain in the hospital for a few days for further investigations and symptomatic treatment.
It is well known that any drug which is taken in excess can lead to a series of symptoms. In the case of a Glucovance overdose the symptoms which the individuals can experience include: sweating, shaking, dizziness, blurry vision, hunger, irritability, confusion, loss of consciousness and difficulty speaking and even loss of life.
Patients should try as much as possible to take every dose of Glucovance at its due time. However, if a patient forgets to take one of the scheduled doses he should take it as soon as he recalls; if it is already time for he next dose, he should proceed with the next one; forgetting about the skipped one and continuing with the regular schedule is what most patients ought to do in such cases.
It is well known the fact that any medicine has its side effects, but not everyone experiences them. The most common side effects which the people who are under treatment with this medication may experience are the following: nausea, heartburn, stomach problems, rashes, hives, itching and sensitivity to the sun.
Patients who are taking Glucovance with alcohol may experience the following side effects: nausea, sweating and vomiting. Patients should immediately contact their physician if they experience increased hunger and thirst, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, breathing problems, blurred vision, dizziness, confusion and speaking problems. This is not a complete list with all the side effects which people can experience during the treatment with Glucovance. For further information we advise you to discuss with you doctor or pharmacist and read the product's label.
Patients should inform their doctor about all the medication they are currently taking, including herbal products, vitamins and over the counter medicines. The patients who are taking beta blockers will need a dose adjustment before beginning the treatment with Glucovance, because taking them both may lead to hypoglycemia. Taking Glucovance with corticosteroids will make the medicine less effective leading to hyperglycemia. Patients who are taking corticosteroids will also need a dose adjustment in order to be able to take both medicines.
Patients should also inform their doctor if they are taking diuretics, niacin, estrogens, fluoroquinolone antibiotics, oxidase inhibitors, NSAIDs and oral contraceptives, because such drugs can make Glucovance less effective or can increase the individual's blood sugar levels, especially if the patient has not been prescribed a proper dose adjustment for both of these remedies.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Glucovance may also be known as:
- Diabe Pass;
- Duraglucon N;
- Semi-Euglucon N;