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Glipizide to Lower Blood Sugar

As a prescription diabetes drug, glipizide (Glucotrol®) has been shown to help lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. The medication comes in the form of a tablet and is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day. By helping the pancreas produce more insulin, the medicine not only keeps blood sugar under control, but also reduces the risk of problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems.
However, this medication can occasionally lower blood sugar too much, which can lead to hypoglycemia. This is more common in the elderly and in people with adrenal, pituitary, liver, or kidney problems -- as well as during fasting before surgery and after prolonged exercise. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include irritability, trembling, cold sweats, or blurry vision, among other things. If you develop any of these symptoms of low blood sugar while taking glipizide, tell your healthcare provider right away.
(To learn more about lowering your blood sugar with this product, click Glipizide. This article also covers topics such as side effects, safety issues to be aware of, alternatives to glipizide, and more.)
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