Drug Interactions With DiaBetaDiaBeta can potentially interact with a number of medicines (see Glyburide Drug Interactions).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medicine if you have:
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue
- Pituitary gland problems
- Glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
- Any allergies, including allergies to sulfa drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Glyburide and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding
- Will be having surgery.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Glyburide Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Alternatives to DiaBetaIn general, treatment for type 2 diabetes begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in managing diabetes, medication such as DiaBeta may be necessary.
The main goal of diabetes medicine is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because DiaBeta can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing problems related to high blood sugar.
DiaBeta is quite effective in controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, DiaBeta may need to be combined with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin.
You may also wish to consider a substitute for DiaBeta. These can include other sulfonylureas or diabetes drugs, either by themselves or in combination.
(Click Glyburide Alternatives to learn more.)
To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click the following eMedTV links: