Avandaryl 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. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective at managing diabetes, diabetes medication, such as Avandaryl, may be necessary. Some diabetes medications force the pancreas to produce more insulin (see Avandaryl Alternatives). These medications are effective, but can cause dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Avandaryl contains one of these medications (glimepiride) that is more likely to cause low blood sugar (see Avandaryl and Blood Sugar).
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Avandaryl Use in ChildrenAvandaryl has not been adequately studied in children, and there is not enough information available to recommend the use of Avandaryl in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Avandaryl for type 2 diabetes in children.
Off-Label Avandaryl UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Avandaryl for something other than the conditions discussed above. There are currently no universally accepted off-label uses for Avandaryl.