Glynase (glyburide) is a sulfonylurea medication that is used to help lower blood sugar levels in those with Type 2 diabetes.
Glynase works by sending signals to the pancreas to increase insulin production. Insulin is used by cells to absorb glucose, a type of sugar, from the blood to use as energy. Glynase is prescribed to those with Type 2 diabetes, but people over the age of 65 may experience more side effects.
Talk to your doctor if you are considering treatment with Glynase. Tell your doctor about any allergies to food or medications, and if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. You should also tell your doctor about any other medications or supplements you may be taking, including high blood pressure medication.
Glynase is taken in the form of a pill, usually once a day. Some people may need two doses per day. Glynase should be taken with a meal, typically breakfast. If you miss a dose of Glynase, take it immediately, unless it is close enough to the next dose, in which case you should wait. Do not take two doses at the same time.
While taking Glynase, it is important to regularly check your blood sugar as recommended by your doctor. Do not stop using or change the dose of the medication without consulting your doctor. Monitor blood sugar levels carefully during illness and if you have a fever or infection. During your treatment with Glynase, you may be more sensitive to alcohol and sunlight. Use caution while drinking, and protect your skin from sun exposure.
Talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects while taking Glynase: allergic reactions, liver problems, changes in heart rate, dizziness or feeling faint, and low blood sugar. Glynase may also cause upset stomach, heartburn or bloating.
Talk to your doctor about managing blood sugar levels and to find out if Glynase is right for you.