Glyburide Versus Micronized GlyburideDiaBeta and Micronase are similar, and both contain glyburide; however, Glynase is formulated differently. Glynase contains micronized glyburide, which is made into small particles that are better absorbed into the body. These two forms are not interchangeable. An easy way to tell if you are taking unmicronized or micronized glyburide is by looking at the strength: unmicronized glyburide comes in 1.25-mg, 2.5-mg, and 5-mg tablets. Micronized glyburide comes in 1.5-mg, 3-mg, 4.5-mg, and 6-mg tablets.
Dosing InformationThe dose of glyburide your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Glyburide Dosing for more information.)
Side Effects of GlyburideAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with glyburide. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
- Stomach problems, such as nausea or heartburn
- Low blood sugar (see Glyburide and Blood Sugar)
- Allergic skin reactions, including itching and hives.
(Click Glyburide Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)