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Glynase is often prescribed to help the pancreas produce more insulin in people with type 2 diabetes. As a result, blood sugar is lowered and the risk for diabetes-related complications is reduced. The medication comes in tablet form, and is typically taken once or twice a day. Potential side effects include stomach problems, low blood sugar, and allergic skin reactions.

What Is Glynase?

Glynase® (micronized glyburide) is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes).
(Click Glyburide Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes It?

Glynase is manufactured by Pfizer Inc.

How Does Glynase Work?

Glynase is part of a class of diabetes medications known as sulfonylureas. A sulfonylurea helps the pancreas make more insulin. These drugs may also help the cells of the body respond better to insulin. This helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.

When and How to Take This Medicine

General considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Glynase include the following:
  • Glynase comes in tablet form. It should be taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
  • When taking the drug once daily, it should be taken with breakfast (or the first main meal).
  • When taking Glynase twice daily, the first dose should be taken with breakfast (or the first main meal).
  • The medication should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For Glynase to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The drug will not work if you stop taking it.
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