Dangers of Glipizide
Glipizide (Glucotrol®) and glipizide extended release (Glucotrol XL®) are prescription medications used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Most people tolerate glipizide without any problems; however, there are some potential dangers to be aware of. For example, this diabetes medicine may cause serious side effects, such as an allergic reaction or high blood sugar.
In addition, oral diabetes medications, including glipizide, may increase the risk of death due to heart or blood vessel problems, compared to diabetes treatment with diet or insulin. This warning is based on one research study that looked at a medication similar to glipizide. However, it is unclear at this time how important this risk may be in people taking glipizide.
If you have certain medical conditions, such as liver or kidney problems, talk to your healthcare provider before starting treatment. You may need to take a lower dosage of glipizide. To help reduce the risks of dangerous drug interactions, your healthcare provider also needs to know about any medications you are taking.
(Click Side Effects of Glipizide and Glipizide Warnings and Precautions to learn about other dangers associated with this medication.)