Chemical Name: GLIPIZIDE (GLIP-i-zide)
Glucotrol is used to treat type 2 (noninsulin-dependent) diabetes particularly in people whose diabetes cannot be controlled by diet alone. Glipizide lowers blood sugar by stimulating the pancreas to secrete insulin and helping the body use insulin efficiently. The pancreas must be capable of producing insulin for this medication to work.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes shakiness, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, sweating or confusion, blurred vision, headache, numbness or tingling of the mouth, weakness, fatigue, pale color and sudden hunger.
Product Code: 9360
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.