Glipizide Side Effects

The possibility of glipizide side effects should be a concern for anyone currently taking the medication.  Glipizide is a drug commonly used in conjunction with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes. It is believed that it does this by stimulating insulin production in the pancreas and helping the body to use it effectively to lower blood sugar. According regular polls taken by free medication monitoring service Mediguard, 74 percent of patients who regularly take glipizide are satisfied with the results, while 21 percent of patients report experiencing glipizide side effects. Some glipizide side effects can be attributed to the changes in blood sugar that occur with most diabetes medication. The symptoms of increased blood sugar include increased hunger and thirst, the frequent need to urinate, dry skin, blurred vision, nausea, and fatigue. Some of the symptoms of low blood sugar include a shaky or weak feeling, heart palpitations, headaches or lightheadedness, anxiety, and confusion.

Some more specific glipizide side effects include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Gas

  • A jittery or nervous feeling

  • Dizziness

  • Uncontrollable tremors

  • Rashes

  • Hives

  • Blisters

These are some of the less serious glipizide side effects, but if you experience any of them for an extended period of time, consult your doctor. There are more serious glipizide side effects as well. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately:

  • Yellowing of the skin and/or eyes

  • light-colored stools

  • Darker urine

Other glipizide side effects may also occur. One study has shown that patients who take a medication similar to glipizide were more likely to die from heart problems than those who treated their diabetes with insulin and changes in their diets. As with any medication, it is important to monitor any changes in your condition and consult your doctor if you believe that there are any serious problems.

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