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What should I know about Amaryl before taking it?

Before taking Amaryl (glimepiride), you should know that this medication treats type 2 diabetes in combination with a proper diet and exercise. It works by helping to increase the production of insulin in your pancreas and by helping your body use insulin more effectively.

Doctors usually instruct people to take Amaryl tablets once a day with breakfast or the first meal of the day. You should monitor your blood sugar levels regularly while taking this drug.

Amaryl can cause side effects, most commonly dizziness, headaches, weakness and nausea. It can also cause weight gain.

Other symptoms associated with Amaryl may indicate serious side effects. These include loss of consciousness and other symptoms of severely low blood sugar, yellowing of the skin or eyes, light-colored stools, dark urine, pain in the upper right part of the stomach, unusual bleeding or bruising, diarrhea, fever or sore throat. Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms or if you have symptoms that bother you or don't go away.

Although it is rare, some people have an allergic reaction to Amaryl. Call your doctor immediately if you have trouble breathing or develop sores in your mouth or lips or a rash on your face or body.

Amaryl may interact with other medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all medications (prescription and nonprescription), vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies you take.

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