Diamicron or generic Gliclazide is an oral hypoglycemic drug prescribed to help type 2 diabetics control blood sugar levels. Some individuals can change their eating habits, lose weight, and incorporate an exercise regimen into their schedule to control how much glucose is in their bloodstream, but not everyone is successful with a change of lifestyle. The production of insulin in those with type 2 diabetes is either insufficient or their body is not capable of properly using the insulin that is produced. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Diamicron helps your body use your insulin and increases the amount produced by your pancreas. To do this, Diamicron binds to a channel of proteins in your pancreas called ATP-sensitive potassium channel. This sets off a series of events within your cells which results in your pancreas producing an increased amount of insulin made by your pancreatic beta cells. This is especially helpful after eating a meal so the insulin is there to take care of the sugar spike that usually follows eating and allows this sugar (glucose) to be taken up from your bloodstream and stored as an energy source your body can utilize when required.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes mellitus and although there is no cure, it can be controlled with proper diet, weight loss, and medication such as Diamicron. If left undiagnosed or untreated, sugar will build up in your bloodstream and starve your cells of energy and potentially lead to blindness, kidney failure, and possible heart attack. Diamicron will not work for type 1 diabetes as there is an absence of insulin.
You should not ignore diabetes symptoms such as excessive thirst and hunger, fatigue, vision changes, and cuts or sores that will not heal. The number of people with diabetes mellitus has grown to epidemic proportions. This is thought to be due to poor eating habits, obesity, and inactivity. You should also pay attention to genetic factors and change your lifestyle early to avoid diabetes.
Your doctor may recommend using some form of birth control while taking Diamicron to avoid potential health risks to your unborn baby. Explain other medical conditions and allergies you have to your doctor and provide a complete list of over-the-counter medications and Rx drugs you take, including vitamin supplements and herbal preparations, so it can be determined if Diamicron is the right medication for you.
Make certain that you are aware of the signs of low blood sugar when you begin treatment with Diamicron. These include impaired concentration, unsteadiness, confusion, and irritability. Until you know how Diamicron will affect you, you should avoid performing any tasks that may result in injury or harm to yourself and others, such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery. You should not consume any alcohol while taking Diamicron as it can alter its effects. If there is a change in your weight, inform your doctor so a dosage adjustment can be made if warranted.