GlipiZIDE XL; Glucotrol; Glucotrol XL
- It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes).
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has any of these health problems: Acidic blood problem or type 1 diabetes.
- If your child has G6PD deficiency.
If your child is breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby or plans to breast-feed a baby.
- If your child has a narrowing of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract or a bowel block.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
- Have your child’s blood sugar checked as you have been told by your child’s doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your child’s health care providers and lab workers that your child takes this drug.
- Have your child follow the diet and workout plan your child’s doctor told you about.
- If your child can drive, do not let your child drive if his/her blood sugar has been low. There is a greater chance of a crash.
- Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
- If your child also takes colesevelam, give it at least 4 hours after you give this drug.
- It may be harder to control your child’s blood sugar during times of stress like when your child has a fever, an infection, an injury, or surgery. A change in level of physical activity or exercise and a change in diet may also affect your child’s blood sugar. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug may raise the chance of death from heart disease. Talk with your doctor.
- Low blood sugar may happen with this drug. Very low blood sugar can lead to seizures, passing out, long lasting brain damage, and sometimes death. Talk with the doctor.
If your child is pregnant:
- Tell the doctor if your child is pregnant or becomes pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of your child using this drug while pregnant.
- Low blood sugar has happened in infants born to women who took a drug like this one until the birth date. If this drug is used during pregnancy, your child will need to stop taking it some time before her due date. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- You may see the tablet shell in your child’s stool. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Change in eyesight.
- Slurred speech.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Low blood sugar can happen. The chance of low blood sugar may be raised when this drug is used with other drugs for high blood sugar (diabetes). Signs may be dizziness, headache, feeling sleepy, feeling weak, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating. Call the doctor right away if your child has any of these signs. Follow what you have been told to do if your child gets low blood sugar. This may include giving your child glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or some fruit juices.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Upset stomach.
- Give 30 minutes before meals.
- Give this drug 30 minutes before the first meal of the day, if your child is taking once a day.
- Give this drug with the first meal of the day.
- Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
- Be sure you know what to do if your child does not eat as much as normal or if your child skips a meal.
- Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Store in original container.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.