Using Amaryl for Type 1 Diabetes
People with type 1 diabetes do not have the ability to produce insulin. Amaryl will not work for these people, because the actions of Amaryl are dependent upon insulin. However, for people with both type 1 diabetes and insulin resistance ("double diabetes"), taking both Amaryl and insulin may be useful.
Amaryl as Part of Diabetes TreatmentThe main goal of any diabetes treatment is to lower your blood sugar levels (as measured by your hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c]) enough to reduce your risk for developing problems related to diabetes (see Diabetes Complications).
Any type 2 diabetes treatment begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, a diabetic diet, and exercise). If lifestyle changes are not effective at managing diabetes, diabetes medication, such as Amaryl, may be necessary.
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Amaryl Use in ChildrenAmaryl has been studied in children with type 2 diabetes as young as eight years old. Discuss the benefits and risks of using Amaryl for type 2 diabetes in children with your healthcare provider.
Off-Label Amaryl UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Amaryl for something other than the condition discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Amaryl uses.