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Glipizide Risks

If you are a person with type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may recommend a drug called glipizide (Glucotrol®). This medication comes in tablet form and works by helping the pancreas produce more insulin. An extended-release form of glipizide is also available. Although most people are able to take it safely, it's a good idea to become familiar with the risks glipizide presents before starting treatment.
Based on the studies of extended-release glipizide, the most common side effects include:
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Nervousness
  • Gas.
Glipizide can also pose risks to people with certain medical conditions, such as adrenal fatigue, liver problems, or certain allergies. If you have type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes) or diabetic ketoacidosis, glipizide is not right for you. Consult your healthcare provider to learn about other options that are more suitable for your situation.
(To learn more about the drug's risks, click Side Effects of Glipizide. This article offers a more detailed list of potential side effects, including those that should be reported to your healthcare provider right away.)
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