What is Metaglip?
Metaglip is a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is a combination of two drugs, metformin and glipizide. Metformin is used to control blood sugar levels, and glipizide is used to help the body produce more insulin.
Metaglip can help to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It can also help the body to produce more insulin, which can be beneficial for people with diabetes.
In addition, Metaglip can also help to lower cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. This medication can also help to prevent heart disease and stroke.
There are some potential side effects associated with Metaglip, such as gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, headaches, and dizziness. However, these side effects are typically mild and tend to resolve on their own.
If you experience any severe or persistent side effects while taking Metaglip, you should consult with your doctor or healthcare provider.
The recommended starting dose of Metaglip is 2.5 mg/500 mg once daily. This can be increased to a maximum dose of 10 mg/2000 mg per day, if needed.
If you miss a dose of Metaglip, you should take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, you can skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular schedule. Do not take two doses of Metaglip at the same time.
Metaglip can interact with other medications, such as insulin and oral diabetes medications. Therefore, it is important to tell your doctor or healthcare provider about all of the medications you are taking before starting Metaglip.
If you are taking any other medications, it is also important to let your doctor know. This is because Metaglip can interact with other medications and cause serious side effects.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
It is not known if Metaglip is safe for use during pregnancy. Therefore, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should speak with your doctor before taking this medication.
It is also not known if Metaglip passes into breastmilk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, you should speak with your doctor before taking this medication.
Mechanism of Action
Metaglip works by controlling blood sugar levels and helping the body to produce more insulin. It does this by inhibiting the production of glucose in the liver and by increasing the sensitivity of cells to insulin.
Metaglip also increases the amount of GLP-1, which is a hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar levels. GLP-1 is released when we eat, and it helps to lower blood sugar levels after meals.
Metaglip is rapidly absorbed from the gut and reaches peak levels in the blood within 1-2 hours. The half-life of Metaglip is 4-6 hours.
Metaglip is excreted in the urine and faeces.
Please note: This content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. You should always speak with a healthcare provider before taking any medication.
Metaglip should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Keep this medication out of reach of children and pets.
This article is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as medical advice
Alternatives to Metaglip
There are many different diabetes medications available. Some alternatives to Metaglip include:
The efficacy and safety of Metaglip have been evaluated in several clinical trials.
In a 24-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 474 patients with type 2 diabetes, Metaglip was found to be effective at lowering fasting blood sugar levels, HbA1c levels, and postprandial blood sugar levels.
Metaglip was also found to be safe and well tolerated in this study. The most common side effects reported were gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, and headaches.
In another 24-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 632 patients with type 2 diabetes, Metaglip was found to be effective at lowering fasting blood sugar levels and HbA1c levels.
Metaglip was also found to be safe and well tolerated in this study. The most common side effects reported were gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea.