DiaBeta is used to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It works by helping the pancreas produce more insulin. The medication comes in tablet form, and is typically taken once or twice a day. Potential side effects include stomach problems, allergic skin reactions, and low blood sugar.
What Is DiaBeta?DiaBeta® (glyburide) is a prescription medication that is used to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes).
(Click Glyburide Uses for more information on what this product is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
Who Makes DiaBeta?DiaBeta is manufactured by sanofi-aventis.
How Does DiaBeta Work?DiaBeta is part of a class of diabetes medications known as sulfonylureas. A sulfonylurea helps the pancreas to make more insulin. It may also help the cells of the body respond better to insulin. This helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.
When and How to Take ItGeneral considerations for when and how to take DiaBeta include the following:
- DiaBeta comes in tablet form. It should be taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
- When taking the drug once daily, it should be taken with breakfast (or the first main meal).
- When taking DiaBeta twice daily, the first dose should be taken with breakfast (or the first main meal).
- The medication should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing Information for DiaBetaThe dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Glyburide Dosing for more information.)