What should I know about chlorpropamide before taking it?

If you are allergic to the ingredients in chlorpropamide (Diabinese), or to sulfonamides (zonisamide, acetazolamide, valdecoxib, celecoxib, or sulfamethoxazole), glipizide, or certain diuretics you should not take this medication. Your doctor will likely choose another treatment option if you have type 1 diabetes; diabetic acidosis; serious diabetes-related complications; skin burns; infections; fever; or heart, kidney, liver, thyroid, or endocrine disease.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant discuss using chlorpropamide with your doctor. Women who are in the eighth month or pregnancy or who are breastfeeding should stop taking this drug.

Chlorpropamide is not recommended for use by children. Elderly diabetics should discuss risk and benefits of this treatment with the doctors.

You should also be aware that chlorpropamide interacts with a variety of medications to increase risk of developing low blood sugar, reduce the effectiveness of chlorpropamide, or increase the severity of side effects. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications you are taking to find out whether chlorpropamide is right for you.

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