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Are there long-term health risks caused by taking Amaryl?

There may be long-term health risks caused by taking Amaryl (glimepiride), a drug that treats type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes increases people's risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. However, researchers have found that people with type 2 diabetes who took a sulfonylurea drug like Amaryl had a risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (such as stroke or heart failure) that was 2.5 times higher than people who used diet alone to control their blood sugar levels.

Another study found that metformin, a different kind of type 2 diabetes drug, was associated with a 4% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with people taking a sulfonylurea drug. You should discuss the risks and benefits of taking Amaryl with your doctor.

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