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(Gliclazide) 30 MG

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Gliclazide MR ............................ 30 mg

Gliclazide is used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

It is one of a group of medicines known as sulphonylureas.
It is used to reduce blood sugar levels.

In general this drug is used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus when insulin is not necessary and when diet, exercise and weight loss fail to lower blood glucose (sugar).

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

Before using this Gliclazide MR, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

* salicylates (aspirin),
* phenylbutazone (used to treat arthritis),
* sulphonamides,
* coumarin drugs (used to thin the blood),
* MAOIs (a type of antidepressant),
* beta blockers (used to treat high blood pressure),
* tetracycline compounds (a type of antibiotic),
* chloramphenicol (a type of antibiotic),
* disopyramide (used to treat irregular heart beat),
* miconazole (an oral treatment for fungus infection),
* clofibrate (used to reduce fat),
* cimetidine (used to treat stomach ulcers),
* oral contraceptives,
* steroids,
* thiazide diuretics (water tablets),
* phenothiazine derivatives (a type of sedative),
* thyroid hormone,
* laxatives.

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using glicazide, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

Nausea, stomach upset or diarrhea may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop a skin rash, itching, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, weakness, trembling or chills while taking this medication. This medication may cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which manifests as dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, headache, sweating, nervousness, shaking, tingling of the hands or feet, hunger, fast heartbeat.

Should these symptoms occur, drink a glass of orange juice or non-diet soda or eat a piece of candy to raise your blood sugar level quickly. Report the incident to your doctor. To help prevent low blood sugar, eat meals on a regular schedule and do not skip meals.

Symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) include confusion, drowsiness, flushing, rapid breathing or fruity breath odor. Notify your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor if you have: liver problems, kidney problems, any allergies. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun's effects. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Wear protective clothing and use an effective sunscreen when outdoors. Notify your doctor if you become ill, are injured or acquire a severe infection.

This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy and should be used only if clearly needed while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Gliclazide MR ..............................30 mg

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