Amaryl is commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. By lowering blood sugar levels, the drug can decrease the risks of developing long-term problems related to diabetes, such as heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic nephropathy. Amaryl comes as a tablet that is taken on a daily basis. As with any medication, side effects are possible, including low blood sugar, dizziness, and headaches.
Brand-name Amaryl is made by sanofi-aventis. Generic Amaryl is made by several manufacturers.
How Does Amaryl Work?
Amaryl is part of a class of diabetes medications known as sulfonylureas. A sulfonylurea helps the pancreas to produce more insulin. It also helps the body's cells respond better to insulin. As a result, blood sugar levels decrease.
Effects of Amaryl
In studies looking at the effects of Amaryl, people who took the drug decreased their hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) by 2 percent, compared to people who did not take it. HbA1c is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Normal HbA1c levels are usually less than 6 percent in people without diabetes; people with diabetes usually have higher HbA1c results.
Studies have shown that the higher the HbA1c, the greater the chance for developing long-term problems related to diabetes. This includes such problems as:
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Amaryl [package insert]. Bridgewater, NJ: sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC;2013 October.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: Approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 12, 2007.
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