Drug InteractionsAmaryl can potentially interact with a number of medicines (see Amaryl Drug Interactions for more information).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Amaryl if you have:
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue
- Pituitary gland problems
- Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD deficiency)
- 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 Amaryl and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding
- Will be having surgery.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Amaryl Warnings and Precautions for more information, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Alternatives to AmarylIn general, type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at managing diabetes, medication 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 Amaryl can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing problems related to high blood sugar by taking it.
For most people, the drug is quite effective at controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well tolerated. However, the medicine may not work as well as needed or bothersome side effects may occur. In these cases, you may need to combine Amaryl with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute. These substitutes could include other sulfonylureas or other diabetes medicines, either by themselves or in combination.
(Click Amaryl Alternatives to learn more. To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click any of the following links: