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.
Amaryl should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is uncertain if Amaryl will harm an unborn baby, or if it will be passed onto breastmilk. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding before taking this medication.
Chemical Name GLIMEPIRIDE (GLYE-me-pye-ride)
If you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis, you should not take Amaryl. Additionally, do not take Amaryl if you are allergic to sulfa drugs, are under-nourished or have any of the following issues:
• Heart disease
• Liver disease
• Kidney disease
• Enzyme deficiency
• Adrenal or pituitary gland problems
While taking Amaryl you will need to continuously check your blood sugar. Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, can affect anyone who has diabetes. Ensure you have a source of sugar with you if you have low blood sugar.
If you are taking Amaryl, you should limit your exposure to sunlight and tanning, as this medication can increase your chances to sunburn.
Amaryl should be taken more than 4 hours after taking colesevelam.
You may need emergency medical attention if you are experiencing any of the following side effects:
• Difficulty breathing
• Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Some of the common side effects of Amaryl may include:
• Flu symptoms
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Like any medication, Amaryl may have some unwanted side effects. While taking Amaryl, seek immediate medical attention if you notice the following side effects:
• Stomach or abdominal pain
• Fast heartbeat
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty swallowing
• Skin rash
• Tiredness, or unusual weakness
• Yellowing eyes/skin
Taking Amaryl with medications that can lower your blood sugar, increases your chances of having hypoglycemia.