Medication Pearl of the Day: Glipizide (Glucotrol)
Indication: Glipizide is an oral blood-glucose-lowering drug of the sulfonylurea class.
- Dosing: The recommended starting dose is 5 mg, given before breakfast. Geriatric patients or those with liver disease may be started on 2.5 mg.
- Dosage forms: 5 mg and 10 mg
- Adverse events: Includes gastrointestinal disturbances, erythema, low blood sugars, leukopenia, hyponatremia, dizziness, and drowsiness.
- Mechanism of action: Glipizide stimulates the beta cells of the pancreas to produce more insulin in the body.
- Manufacturer: Pfizer
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