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Glyburide Risks

Although most people are able to take glyburide (DiaBeta®, Glynase®, Micronase®) without developing side effects, this medication is not free of potential problems. Some of the most common risks associated with glyburide involve:
 
  • Stomach problems, such as nausea, heartburn, and a feeling of fullness in the throat or upper chest
  • Allergic skin reactions, including rashes, itching, hives, or sensitivity to the sun.
     
Drinking alcohol while taking glyburide increases your risk of the following problems:
 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sweating.
     
If any problems do occur, they tend to be minor and easy to treat. However, there are some potentially serious problems that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following:
 
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar, such as shakiness or sweating
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar, such as blurred vision or increased hunger
  • Shortness of breath.
     
(To learn about other risks associated with this drug, click Glyburide Side Effects. This article describes a wide range of problems that can occur in people taking this product, including rare side effects that may require immediate medical care.)
 
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