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Micronized Glyburide

Dosage Information

The dosage of micronized glyburide that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How well your diabetes is controlled
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Glyburide Dosing for more information.)

Advantages of Micronized Glyburide

Micronized glyburide contains very small particles of the drug that are better absorbed into the body. Other glyburide medications (DiaBeta® and Micronase®) contain regular, unmicronized glyburide. Micronized glyburide and regular glyburide are not interchangeable, and they are not available in the same strengths.

Drug Interactions

Micronized glyburide can potentially interact with a number of medicines (see Glyburide Drug Interactions).

Alternatives to Micronized Glyburide

In general, treatment for type 2 diabetes begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone are not effective in managing diabetes, medication such as micronized glyburide may be necessary.
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 micronized glyburide can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing problems related to high blood sugar by taking it.
Micronized glyburide is quite effective in controlling blood sugar. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed.
In these cases, micronized glyburide may need to be combined with another diabetes medicine, such as metformin (Glucophage®) or insulin. You may also wish to consider a substitute for micronized glyburide. These can include other sulfonylureas or diabetes drugs, either by themselves or in combination.
(Click Glyburide Alternatives to learn more.)
To learn about controlling diabetes through lifestyle choices, click the following eMedTV links:
Healthy Eating for People With Diabetes

Glyburide Medication Information

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