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What should seniors know before taking Glucovance?

Before taking the diabetes drug Glucovance (glyburide and metformin), seniors should know whether their kidneys are working well. That's because it takes longer for the drug to clear the system in people with poor kidney function, raising the risk for side effects. Doctors typically check creatinine levels in seniors over age 80 to measure kidney function before prescribing this drug.

Before taking Glucovance, seniors should also check with their doctor to make sure that their liver is functioning well. They should tell their doctor about any other drugs they're taking because some medications interact negatively with Glucovance. And they should discuss their medical history because some conditions, such as heart failure, might make Glucovance dangerous.

However, seniors should also know that experts consider Glucovance safe for use in many older people.

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