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GLUCOVANCE (glyburide/metformin) is a prescription medication that treats Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. GLUCOVANCE contains two different medications that work in different ways.
People with diabetes cannot regulate their blood sugar normally, so they may experience hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Hyperglycemia can cause damage to different organs, including the kidneys, eyes, feet, and skin.
The starting GLUCOVANCE dosage is one 1.25/250 mg tablet by mouth once or twice daily.
The dosage can be increased to a maximum of 20/2000 mg per day, divided into multiple doses.
Take GLUCOVANCE with meals. Skipping a meal after taking GLUCOVANCE will increase the risk of hyperglycemia.
GLUCOVANCE is a combination antidiabetic tablet. It contains the active ingredients metformin and glyburide.
Metformin works by lowering the amount of glucose produced by the liver, reducing the amount absorbed during meals, and by making the body more sensitive to insulin.
Glyburide works by stimulating the pancreas to release additional insulin.
Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following medications:
Lactic acidosis is a rare and serious side effect of metformin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review the symptoms of lactic acidosis.
Glyburide can increase the incidence of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Do not skip a meal after taking GLUCOVANCE.
The incidence of hemolytic anemia is higher in patients with a history of G6PD deficiency.
Common adverse reactions to GLUCOVANCE are:
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Glucovance [package insert].Princeton, NJ: Bristol-Myers Squibb; 2013.