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Glipizide Type 2 Diabetes Medicine

If you have type 2 diabetes and lifestyle changes alone have not been effective at treating your condition, a medicine called glipizide (Glucotrol®) may be able to help lower your blood sugar. This prescription drug can be used alone or in combination with another diabetes medicine. It comes in tablet form, and is typically taken once or twice a day. At this time, it is approved for use in adults only, as it has not been studied adequately in children.
 
Glipizide is part of a class of diabetes medications known as sulfonylureas. These drugs are believed to work by helping the pancreas produce more insulin, and may also help the body's cells respond better to insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control. The most common side effects of glipizide include diarrhea, shakiness, and gas.
 
(For more details on this type 2 diabetes medicine, click Glipizide. This article looks at the different strengths of the medication, precautions to be aware of before starting treatment, and more.)
 
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