What is Glimepiride?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Amaryl

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See also: Glimepiride-pioglitazone

Glimepride is a medium-to-long acting sulfonylurea anti-diabetic drug that is taken orally for Type II diabetes. It may be used in combination with metformin or insulin in patients whose hyperglycemia cannot be controlled by diet and exercise in conjunction with a single oral hypoglycemic agent.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes Type 2 164 70
Diabetes Mellitus 13 3
Increase effect of another treatment 8 1
Diabetes Insipidus 1 0
Diabetes Type 1 1 0
Hypertriglyceridemia 1 0

Show all 9 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 3
Mild 10
None 55

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glimepiride

Side effect Patients
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 8
Chest pain 1
Craving carbs 1
Edema in lower extremities 1
Elevated blood pressure 1
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Glimepiride

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 13
1 mg daily 11
4 mg daily 10
4 mg twice daily 6
2 mg twice daily 5
1 mg twice daily 2
8 mg daily 2
8 mg twice daily 2
2.5 mg twice daily 1
6 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Glimepiride

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 18
Did not seem to work 9
Side effects too severe 5
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Glimepiride

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Glimepiride

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 60
Usually 8
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 64
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 37
Not specified 34

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Glimepiride after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Glucophage) 11
Dulaglutide (Trulicity) 1
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 1
Pioglitazone (Actos) 1

Patients stopped taking Glimepiride and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Glucophage) 4
Exenatide (Byetta) 3
Liraglutide (Victoza) 2
Canagliflozin (Invokana) 1
Canagliflozin-metformin 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for Glimepiride

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See God's Worshipper's full Glimepiride history

Dec 19, 2016 (Started Nov 30, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Craving carbs)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I think Glimepiride was helping my diabetic numbers and then for some reason I started craving carbohydrates.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
milkway
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milkway
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 48
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 4 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

See milkway's full Glimepiride history

Aug 19, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Bibs4me
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Bibs4me
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 47
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

See Bibs4me's full Glimepiride history

May 15, 2015 (Started Jan 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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