Glyburide (Diabeta) Dosage

What is Glyburide (Diabeta)?

Glyburide or diabeta is an antidiabetic drug belonging to a class of medications known as sulfonylureas. This medication is taken to help diabetic patients control the level of blood sugar. The drug is available in tablet form that should be taken orally. Diabeta may be used with other diabetic drugs to treat diabetes. Note that this medicine is not a cure for diabetes, but rather is used to control blood sugar in diabetic patients.

Glyburide Dosage

When you are starting your treatment, your doctor will prescribe an initial dose of 2.5 mg. This glyburide dosage should be taken once every day in the morning with your first meal. You should not change your dosage without your doctor’s advice. Your doctor may increase your dosage so that you can achieve the best results out of this medication. The maximum dose your doctor can prescribe for you is 20 mg per day. The maintenance dose is between 1.25 mg and 20 mg. Note that you will need to test the levels of your blood sugar while taking this medication. During periods of stress, vigorous exercise or illness, it can affect your blood sugar levels. This may affect your diabeta dosage, which may require to be changed by your doctor.

In case you missed the drug dosage, you should take it as soon as you remember it. Avoid taking a double dosage to make up for the missed one. If the next diabeta dosage is near and you missed the last one, you should skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage. In case of an overdose, seek medical assistance immediately. An overdose of glyburide can lead to life threatening hypoglycemia.

How to take Diabeta?

You should take this drug as it is prescribed by your doctor. Therefore, you need to follow all the instructions on your prescription label. Glyburide should be taken with the first meal of the day, unless your doctor prescribes otherwise. To avoid the risk of side effects, you should not take smaller or larger amounts of this medication than what is recommended by your doctor.


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