What is Amaryl (Glimepiride) used for?
It is a prescription drug that is supposed to be taken by mouth to treat type 2 diabetes. Amaryl is actually the brand name of glimepiride. This medication is usually prescribed with a healthy diet and exercise program to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetic patients. Controlling the levels of blood sugar is important because it reduces the risk of developing diabetes complications. This medication can be used alone to control blood sugar levels or can be prescribed with other oral diabetes medications.
How does Amaryl work?
The drug belongs to a class of diabetes medication known as sulfonylureas. Sulfonylureas such as Amaryl work by stimulating the pancreas to produce insulin when the blood sugar level is high. Insulin then transports glucose from the bloodstream to the body tissue where it is used and stored for fuel. This process helps to reduce high levels of blood glucose in the body. For Amaryl to work, it requires the beta cells to be able to produce insulin. Hence, this sulfonylurea drug cannot be used in type 1 diabetic patients, since they cannot produce insulin naturally.
How to take Glimepiride
Glimepiride is supposed to be taken by mouth, usually once every day with breakfast. It is advisable you take Amaryl at the same time every day so that you can remember to take your dosage. Your doctor may prescribe a low dose to start with, and increase it depending on how you respond. The drug comes in dose strength of 1mg, 2mg and 4mg. Usually, the starting dose of Glimepiride is 1mg or 2mg that is supposed to be taken once daily. The maximum dose is 8mg that should be taken once daily.
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