How can I minimize the side effects of Glucotrol?

You can minimize the side effects of Glucotrol (glipizide), a drug prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes, by taking it as directed and monitoring your blood sugar level. If you take the extended-release version of this drug, Glucotrol XL, swallow the tablets whole—do not crush or split them.

Glucotrol may make you more sensitive to sunlight, so limit your sun exposure. Drinking alcohol can worsen side effects, so speak with your doctor about how much, if any, alcohol you can use while taking Glucotrol.

Certain medications and medical conditions can increase the risk of side effects from Glucotrol, so be sure to tell your doctor about all medicines (prescription and nonprescription), supplements and herbal remedies you take. Also mention conditions you have or have had, including heart, liver or kidney problems; adrenal, pituitary or thyroid disorders; and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
Side effects include diarrhea, bloating, dizziness, stomach pain, constipation, drowsiness, headache, nervousness, a rash, red or itchy skin, hives or blisters. Call your doctor if any symptoms become bothersome or do not go away.

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