Amaryl is used to treat type II diabetes. It is very rarely used as a standalone therapy and is usually combined along with insulin.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Amaryl may be taken with the first major meal or breakfast.
A full glass of water when taken with Amaryl always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Amaryl ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Amaryl each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Amaryl is used to treat conditions like type II diabetes along with insulin.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Amaryl must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature.
Amaryl when overdosed may lead to severe effects that require immediate medical attention. Please contact an emergency poison control center immediately if you suspect an overdose.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Amaryl (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Amaryl in case if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you have increased levels of acid in your bodily fluids (acidosis), a weak stomach, liver problems, intestinal problems, a high fever, kidney problems, severe diarrhea, an infection, or thyroid problems, if you have recently suffered from major surgery or trauma, or you are debilitated or malnourished, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Amaryl is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Amaryl. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Amaryl, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
Certain laboratory tests may be made mandatory while you are using Amaryl. These tests are conducted to analyze your progress to treatment and guage the degree to which side effects are being experienced. You must never miss out on any such lab tests.
Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Amaryl before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.
Diabetic patients are always advised to carry an ID card on their person that mentions about their diabetic condition and Amaryls they are using currently. This information may prove to be invaluable in certain scenarios.
Amaryl is not to be used for treating Type I diabetes.
Diabetic medications like Amaryl work most effectively when they are combined with lifestyle changes like regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Constant blood sugar monitoring must be carried out in diabetic patients. If you find that your blood sugar levels are not improving despite using Amaryl, then contact your physician immediately.
If you are experiencing rapid heartbeats, vision changes, headaches, chills, or tremors, hunger, then please note that these are signs of low blood sugar. This is a common situation that can be avoided by consuming all meals and medications on time. Never skip a meal or a dose of medication.
Also quickly consuming a source of sugar (table sugar, honey, candy, orange juice, or non–diet soda) is the first aid for low blood sugar. Consume it and then seek medical attention.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Amaryl. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Amaryl usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Amaryl. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.