If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you may be prescribed Amaryl, a sulfonylurea medication. Amaryl, also called glimepiride, is used to lower blood sugar. Amaryl works by stimulating the pancreas to create more insulin. Insulin is a hormone in the body that cells use to absorb sugar from the blood to use for energy. For people with diabetes, the pancreas creates insufficient amounts of insulin or doesn’t create any insulin at all.
Before using Amaryl, make sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you have any allergies. In addition, you should tell your doctor about any other medications or supplements you are taking.
Amaryl comes in the form of a pill and is usually taken once a day with breakfast. If you miss a dose, take it immediately. However, if it has been more than 2 or 3 hours since the missed dose you should skip that dose and take the next dose as scheduled. While taking Amaryl, be sure to continue checking your blood sugar regularly.
It may be more difficult to maintain blood sugar levels if you are sick, or if you have a fever or infection. You may be more sensitive to alcohol or sunlight while taking Amaryl, so use caution when drinking and protect your skin from the sun.
Talk to your doctor if you experience side effects during treatment with Amaryl. Potential side effects of Amaryl include allergic reactions, liver problems, a change in heart rate or chest pain, dizziness, vision changes, low blood sugar or skin reactions. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience a rash, blisters or peeling, as this could be a rare but serious condition called Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
If you have any questions or want to know if Amaryl is right for you, talk to your doctor.