Know the basics
What is Diamicron® (Gliclazide) used for?
Diamicron® is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes).
How should I take Diamicron® (Gliclazide)?
Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
For all products:
- Keep taking this drug as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Take this drug at the same time of day.
- Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
Depending on the formulation, Diamicron® can be short acting and long acting.
- For short-acting tablet, you should take the tablet with meals.
- For long-acting tablets, you should take a whole tablet with breakfast. Do not chew or crush.
Some products may be broken in half. When you are not sure if you can break this product in half, talk with the doctor.
How do I store Diamicron® (Gliclazide)?
Diamicron® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Diamicron® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Diamicron® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Diamicron® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Know the precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Diamicron® (Gliclazide)?
Before using Diamicron®, tell your doctor if you have:
- Allergic reaction: to Diamicron®, excipients using for dosage form containing Diamicron®. The information is detailed in the leaflet.
- Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
- Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Diamicron®.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Diamicron® is not recommended for use during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
You must not take Diamicron® while you are breastfeeding.
Know the side effects
What side effects can occur from Diamicron® (Gliclazide)?
As taking others medicines, taking Diamicron® can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.
Some of the side effects are listed below:
- Upset stomach or throwing up;
- Loose stools (diarrhea);
- Hard stools (constipation);
- Back pain;
- Muscle or joint pain;
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Know the interactions
What drugs may interact with Diamicron® (Gliclazide)?
Diamicron® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval, especially:
- Miconazole(systemic route, oromucosal gel);
- Other antidiabetic agents (insulins, acarbose, metformin, thiazolidinediones; dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, GLP-1 receptor agonists);
- Beta-blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (captopril, enalapril);
- H2-receptor antagonists;
- Clarithromycin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents.
Does food or alcohol interact with Diamicron® (Gliclazide)?
Diamicron® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
- Diamicron® can be taken with food and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Drinking alcohol is not recommended as it can alter the control of your diabetes in an unpredictable manner.
What health conditions may interact with Diamicron® (Gliclazide)?
Diamicron® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, such as:
- G6PD deficiency;
- Severe kidney;
- Liver disease.
Understand the dosage
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Diamicron® (Gliclazide).
What is the dose of Diamicron® (Gliclazide) for an adult?
Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Diamicron®. Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:
The dose can be between 1 tablet (80 mg) for mild cases, and 4 tablets (320 mg) daily for severe cases, taken in two divided doses preferably with meals. In most of the cases, patient can take 2 tablets per day with meals. 1 tablet with breakfast and 1 tablet with dinner.
What is the dose of Diamicron® (Gliclazide) for a child?
Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Diamicron® for child.
How is Diamicron® (Gliclazide) available?
Diamicron® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Modified release tablet: 30 mg, 60 mg.
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.
The signs of overdose are those of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). The symptoms can be helped by taking sugar (4 to 6 lumps) or sugary drinks straight away, followed by a substantial snack or meal.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Diamicron®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: October 5, 2016 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019
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