Can I take Glucovance if I am breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding, it may be unsafe to take Glucovance (glyburide and metformin). Glucovance, a treatment for type 2 diabetes, is a combination of two drugs. Animal studies suggest that one of those drugs, metformin, passes into breast milk. If a baby gets metformin through breast milk, his blood sugar may fall, which can be dangerous. If you have type 2 diabetes and cannot control your blood sugar through diet and exercise alone, your doctor may suggest that you take insulin, rather than Glucovance, while you are breastfeeding.

Continue Learning about Antidiabetic

What are alpha-glucosidase inhibitors?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors slow the digestion of carbohydrates in the small intestine. Alpha-gluco...
More Answers
What is rosiglitazone (Avandia) and is it safe to treat diabetes?
William Lee DuboisWilliam Lee Dubois
Avandia, as of today, remains on the US market. However, it has been “banned” in Europe due to conce...
More Answers
What are sulfonylurea drugs?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Sulfonylureas lower blood glucose by stimulating beta cells in the pancreas to release insulin. Sulf...
More Answers
Is the newer premixed insulin better for lowering blood sugar?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
The newer premixed insulins (Humalog 50/50, Humalog 75/25, Novolog 70/30) work better than the o...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.