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Metaglip and Blood Sugar

Side effects are possible with Metaglip, and blood sugar levels may become too high or too low. Because either condition can be serious or even life threatening, prevention and an awareness of symptoms are crucial. If you are taking Metaglip and blood sugar levels drop too low or become too high, this may cause shakiness, cold sweats, and blurry vision or increased hunger, increased urination, and nausea or vomiting.

Metaglip and Blood Sugar: An Overview

One of the possible side effects with Metaglip® (glipizide and metformin) is its effect on blood sugar levels. For some people, Metaglip can cause blood sugar levels to drop too low (hypoglycemia). It is also possible for blood sugar to go too high (hyperglycemia) in people taking the drug.
 

Metaglip and Low Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar levels are a common side effect reported with Metaglip. Based on clinical studies, it occurs in up to 9.3 percent of people taking the medication. Low blood sugar is more common in elderly people and in people with adrenal, pituitary, liver, or kidney problems, as well as during fasting before surgery and after prolonged exercise.
 
Symptoms of low blood sugar can vary, depending on a number of factors, including how low the blood sugar levels are. Examples of early symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
 
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Extreme hunger
  • Dizziness
  • Cold sweats
  • Blurry vision.
     
More severe symptoms include:
 
  • Changes in behavior, such as irritability
  • Loss of coordination
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Loss of life.
     
If you develop any possible symptoms of low blood sugar while on Metaglip, contact your healthcare provider immediately, or seek emergency medical care and stop taking the medicine. If your healthcare provider believes that low blood sugar is causing your symptoms, he or she may recommend that you treat it immediately by eating or drinking something with sugar in it, such as orange juice, hard candy, a tablespoon of honey, or even a tablespoon of granulated sugar.
 
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