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Glyburide Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes

If lifestyle changes (such as weight loss and more physical activity) are not enough to control your type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may recommend a medicine called glyburide (DiaBeta®, Glynase®, Micronase®). This medication comes in the form of a tablet and is taken once or twice a day. Glyburide helps the pancreas produce more insulin, which makes it easier to keep blood sugar levels under control.
 
Most people make insulin in their pancreas, including those with type 2 diabetes. However, if a person has type 1 diabetes, the pancreas either does not make insulin or does not make enough to control blood sugar levels. Because glyburide causes the cells inside the pancreas to make more insulin, if the insulin-producing cells do not work, as is the case with type 1 diabetes, the medicine will not be effective. Thus, it is not used to treat type 1 diabetes.
 
(For more information on how this medicine helps treat type 2 diabetes, click Glyburide. This article takes an in-depth look at possible side effects, safety precautions, alternatives to the drug, and more.)
 
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