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Sulphonylureas

There are a number of different tablets in this family. They work mainly by stimulating the cells in the pancreas to make more insulin. They also help insulin to work more effectively in the body.

They are most suitable for people who are not overweight, as they may encourage weight gain. The medicine is taken once or twice daily with or shortly before a meal.

Medications in the Sulphonyluria family

Generic or proper name Brand or trade name
Glibenclamide Daonil
Gliclazide Diamicron
Diamicron MR (modified release)
Glipizide Glibenese, Minodiab
Glimepiride Amaryl
Tolbutamide Tolbutamide

Side effects

All medication has side effects and you should check the patient information leaflet (PIL) supplied with your medication to see which side effects you might experience from your particular medication. Remember that you are unlikely to experience all side effects that are listed, and you may not experience any at all. If you do, speak to your doctor as there may be another diabetes medication you could try instead.

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