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Glyburide Uses

Glyburide Uses for Type 1 Diabetes

Most people make insulin in their pancreas, including those with type 2 diabetes. However, if a person has type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin (or not 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, glyburide will not be effective. This is why glyburide is not used to treat type 1 diabetes. Instead, a person with type 1 diabetes needs to take an insulin medication.

Glyburide Uses as Part of General Diabetes Treatment

The main goal of any diabetes treatment is to lower your blood sugar levels (as measured by your hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c]) enough to reduce your risk for developing problems related to diabetes (see Diabetes Complications).
Any treatment for type 2 diabetes typically begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in managing diabetes, medication such as glyburide may be necessary.
To learn more about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click the following eMedTV links:

Glyburide Uses in Children

Glyburide has not been adequately studied in children; therefore, its use is not recommended. Ask your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using glyburide in children with type 2 diabetes.

Off-Label Glyburide Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend glyburide for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label glyburide uses include the treatment of gestational diabetes.
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