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Glyburide 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 glyburide (DiaBeta®, Glynase®, Micronase®) may be necessary to control a person's diabetes.
Glyburide 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 glyburide 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, either by themselves or in combination to provide diabetes control.
(To learn more about using this drug to control type 2 diabetes, click Glyburide. This article also discusses how the medication works, lists potential side effects, and offers some general safety precautions to be aware of before starting treatment.)
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