How Does Glyburide Work?

Glyburide (DiaBeta®, Glynase®, Micronase®) is a type 2 diabetes medication. It comes in tablet form and is taken once or twice a day.
 
As a sulfonylurea, glyburide works by helping the pancreas produce more insulin. It may also help the cells respond better to insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.
 
The main goal of diabetes medicine is to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Because glyburide can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk of developing problems related to high blood sugar by taking it.
 
(To learn more about how this drug works, click Glyburide. This article also offers a complete overview of glyburide's dosing guidelines, available strengths, warnings, and alternatives.)
 
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