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What is Glucotrol XL?

Glucotrol XL is a prescription medication used to control the blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Glucotrol XL contains glipizide and works by helping the pancreas to produce insulin. Glucotrol XL may be prescribed as part of a diabetes treatment program which also includes diet and exercise.

Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.

  • Take Glucotrol with the first meal of the day.
  • Swallow this medication whole without chewing or crushing the tablet.
  • Watch for symptoms of low and high blood sugar levels.
  • Glucotrol XL may be prescribed as part of a treatment program that includes diet and exercise.


Tell your doctor and pharmacist:

  • About your drug and other allergies.
  • If you take any other prescription or over-the-counter medications.
  • Your medical history particularly of diabetes, heart disease, G6PD, acidic blood problems, narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract, or bowel blockage.
  • If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
  • If you are breast-feeding.

You should also know:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Glucotrol XL.
  • This medication may affect your concentration. Do not drive or operate machinery until you can do so safely.
  • Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.

Side Effects of Glucotrol XL

Common side effects of Glucotrol XL include but are not limited to:

  • Dizziness.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Gas.
  • Feeling nervous or excitable.

Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of Glucotrol XL.

  • Slurred speech.
  • Tingling.
  • Vision changes.
  • Feeling very weak or tired.
  • Signs of low blood sugar including fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking, hunger, dizziness, headaches, confusion, or feeling weak or sleepy.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling in your face, lips, or throat.


What should I do if I miss a dose of Glucotrol XL?

If you miss a dose of Glucotrol XL, you should take it with your next meal. If you skip a meal, skip the dose as well and wait until your next meal.

What is the strength of Glucotrol XL?

Glucotrol XL and the generic alternative glipizide ER are both available in strengths of 5mg and 10mg.

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