Amaryl® (glimepiride) is a prescription medication that can be used by itself or with insulin to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes). Available in the form of a pill, Amaryl comes in several strengths, including brand-name and generic versions.
As part of a group of diabetes medications called sulfonylureas, Amaryl works to control diabetes by helping the pancreas produce more insulin. It also helps the body's cells respond better to insulin, which results in a decrease in blood sugar levels.
Even though most people tolerate Amaryl pills well, the medication is not suitable for everyone. Before taking it, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical condition you have and any other medicines you are taking (including vitamins, supplements, and nonprescription drugs).
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