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Glimepiride

Last updated on 09/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Glimepiride

CHINESE NAME: 格列美脲

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Amaryl, Glimaryl

DRUG CLASS: Antidiabetic drugs

SUB CLASS: Sulfonylureas

USED FOR: Type 2 diabetes

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 1mg, 2mg, 4mg (tablets)

What is Glimepiride for?

Glimepiride belongs to a class of medication called sulfonylureas. It can stimulate the release of insulin from your body and sensitize your body to insulin. Therefore, it is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

How to use it?

Glimepiride is taken orally as tablets. The usual initial dose is 1-2 mg once daily, and may be increased in 1-2 mg increments every 1-2 weeks based on your blood glucose level. The maximum dose is 8 mg/day.

What are the side effects of Glimepiride?

Common side effects of Glimepiride include hypoglycemia, nausea, flu-like symptoms, headache, or dizziness.

Who should not take Glimepiride?

People who are allergic to Gliclazide, other sulfonylureas or sulfonamides, or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Non-drug management, including diet and exercise, also plays an important role in controlling both diabetes.
– Drinking alcohol is not advisable during treatment.
– As hypoglycemia can occur, symptoms should be aware, such as drowsiness, confusion, cool pale skin, excessive hunger, or fast heart beat. If you recognize some of these signs of the drop in blood sugar, immediately eat or drink something containing sugar and notify your doctor without delay.

Common dosing schedule:
Glimepiride should be taken with breakfast (or the first main meal of the day) as a single daily dose.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Glimepiride may interact with:
Miconazole
Rifampicin
Warfarin
Fluoxetine
– Diuretics, e.g. Hydrochlorothiazide, Frusemide
– Beta-blockers, e.g. Metoprolol

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Glimepiride in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Glimepiride is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Glimepiride in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.