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What should I know about DiaBeta before taking it?

There are several things you should know before taking the type 2 diabetes drug DiaBeta (glyburide).
  • Oral diabetes medicines like DiaBeta have been associated with a higher risk of heart-related death compared to treatment with diet alone or diet plus insulin.
  • DiaBeta may exacerbate the genetic condition G6PD, which causes destruction of red blood cells.
  • DiaBeta can trigger hypoglycemia, or severely low blood sugar. Signs include hunger, shakiness, dizziness, confusion, difficulty speaking and feeling anxious or weak.
  • People with hormonal disorders involving the pituitary, adrenal or thyroid gland, and people with heart, liver or kidney disease, should use DiaBeta with caution.
  • The drug can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so avoid spending a lot of time in the sun. Make sure to wear protective clothing and sunscreen if you do have to be outside for a while.
  • Alcohol can worsen the potential side effects.
  • DiaBeta can interact with many medications and should never be taken with the drug bosentan (Tracleer), which is used to treat hypertension in the lungs.
  • Illness, injury or unusual stress can affect the amount of medication you may need.
Ask your doctor what else you should know about DiaBeta before taking it.

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