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Glipizide Pills

Available in the form of tablets (pills), glipizide (Glucotrol®) helps the pancreas produce more insulin in order to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Extended-release glipizide tablets are also available; these provide a more even level of medicine in the body by releasing it slowly. In most cases, glipizide is taken once or twice a day at the same time(s) each day.
For regular glipizide pills, the recommended starting dose is 5 mg, taken once daily before breakfast. This amount may be increased if necessary, up to 40 mg total per day. The recommended starting dosage for extended-release glipizide is also 5 mg. Your healthcare provider may increase this dosage if it is not controlling your blood sugar effectively, up to a maximum of 20 mg per day.
(To learn how your healthcare provider will determine the right strength of glipizide for your situation, click Glipizide Dosing. This article also offers more details on how to take the pills correctly.)
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