Glipizide and Diabetes Control
Any treatment for type 2 diabetes typically begins with lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise. If lifestyle changes alone are not effective enough to lower blood sugar, medication such as glipizide (Glucotrol®) may be necessary to control a person's diabetes. Glipizide comes in tablet form and is typically taken once or twice a day.
Glipizide is quite effective at 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, you may need to combine it with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute, such as other sulfonylureas or other diabetes drugs, to provide diabetes control.
(To learn more about controlling diabetes with this medication, click Glipizide. This article also offers a more in-depth overview of the medicine's uses, dosing guidelines, effects in the body, and possible side effects.)