November 23, 2014
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Gliclazide

(gliclazide)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02155850 GLICLAZIDE -TAB 80MG

How does Gliclazide work? What will it do for me?

Gliclazide belongs to the class of medications known as oral hypoglycemics. It is used for the control of blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes. It is used when diet, exercise, and weight reduction have not been found to control blood glucose well enough on their own. Gliclazide increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas and helps the body use insulin more efficiently.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Gliclazide?

The recommended dose of gliclazide ranges from 80 mg to 320 mg daily. Doses of 160 mg and above should be taken in two equally divided doses. Gliclazide should be taken with meals if possible. The daily dose should not exceed 320 mg.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Gliclazide come in?

Gliclazide by Proval Pharma is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under "gliclazide". This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.

Who should NOT take Gliclazide?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to gliclazide or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to other sulfonylureas (such as glyburide) or sulfonamides (such as sulfamethoxazole)
  • are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • are taking some forms of miconazole (ask your doctor or pharmacist for details)
  • are undergoing surgery or have suffered from recent severe trauma
  • have a serious infection
  • have reduced kidney or liver function
  • have type 1 diabetes
  • have unstable diabetes or ketoacidosis (high ketones in urine)

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