Generic for Amaryl: An Overview
) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat type 2 diabetes
(also known as adult-onset diabetes
or noninsulin-dependent diabetes). Amaryl is part of a class of diabetes medications
known as sulfonylureas. A sulfonylurea, such as Amaryl, helps the pancreas
to produce more insulin
. It also helps the cells of the body to respond better to insulin. As a result, blood sugar levels decrease.
Amaryl was first manufactured by Aventis Pharmaceuticals (now known as sanofi-aventis). However, it has since come off patent and is available as a generic.
Strengths of Generic Amaryl
Generic Amaryl is sold under the name Glimepiride tablets. Interestingly, generic Amaryl is available in more strengths than the brand-name Amaryl. Brand-name Amaryl is available in only three strengths (1, 2, and 4 mg), while generic Amaryl is available in the following strengths:
- Glimepiride 1 mg tablets
- Glimepiride 2 mg tablets
- Glimepiride 3 mg tablets
- Glimepiride 4 mg tablets
- Glimepiride 6 mg tablets
- Glimepiride 8 mg tablets.
Who Makes Generic Amaryl?
Generic Amaryl is made by more than 10 different companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals, Mylan Laboratories, and Ranbaxy, Inc. For more information, ask your pharmacist about the different manufacturers of generic Amaryl.