Avandaryl and Blood Sugar
Avandaryl and Low Blood SugarLow blood sugar is the one of the most common side effects reported with Avandaryl. Based on clinical studies, it occurs in up to 5.5 percent of people taking the drug. Low blood sugar from Avandaryl is most likely due to the glimepiride component of Avandaryl. Glimepiride works by forcing the pancreas to make more insulin, which can lead to low blood sugar. Low blood sugar is more common in elderly people and in people with adrenal, pituitary, liver, or kidney problems -- as well as during fasting before surgery and after prolonged exercise.
Low blood sugar symptoms can vary depending on a number of factors, including how low the blood sugar levels are. Examples of early symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
- Extreme hunger
- Cold sweats
- Blurry vision.
More severe symptoms of low blood sugar can include:
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of life.
If you develop any possible symptoms of low blood sugar while on Avandaryl, contact your healthcare provider immediately or seek emergency medical care and stop taking the medicine. If your healthcare provider believes that low blood sugar is causing your symptoms, he or she may recommend that you treat the low blood sugar immediately by eating or drinking something with sugar in it, such as orange juice, hard candy, a tablespoon of honey, or even a tablespoon of granulated sugar.