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What should I avoid while taking Glucovance?

If you are taking Glucovance (glyburide and metformin), a combination diabetes drug, you should avoid drinking alcohol in excess. This precaution is recommended because Glucovance can cause drowsiness (which alcohol makes worse) and because heavy alcohol use can increase the risk for developing a rare but potentially fatal side effect of the drug. It also raises the risk that Glucovance will cause low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

You don't need to avoid any particular foods while you're on Glucovance, but you should make sure to take it with meals. You may need to avoid certain medications, because Glucovance interacts with a number of drugs. Tell your doctor about all prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements that you take.

Smoking cigarettes may reduce the effectiveness of Glucovance, so you should avoid it, if possible, while taking the medication.

Take care to avoid extended exposure to the sun, because Glucovance may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear a hat, pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sunglasses when you're outside, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

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