Getzid MR 60mg tablet contain gliclazide, which is an oral antidiabetic medication belonging to the sulfonylurea class. It is primarily used to manage and control blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Gliclazide works by stimulating the release of insulin from the pancreas and improving the uptake of glucose by the cells, thereby lowering blood sugar levels.
- Hypoglycemia: Gliclazide can lower blood sugar levels, and in some cases, this may lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include dizziness, sweating, weakness, confusion, tremors, and in severe cases, loss of consciousness. Prompt treatment with a source of glucose, such as sugar or glucose tablets, is necessary to raise blood sugar levels.
- Gastrointestinal Disturbances: Common side effects of gliclazide include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. These symptoms are usually mild and resolve on their own.
- Skin Reactions: Rarely, gliclazide may cause skin reactions such as rash, itching, or hives. If you experience any skin-related side effects, it is important to consult your healthcare provider.
- Weight Gain: Some individuals may experience weight gain while taking gliclazide. It is important to monitor your weight and discuss any significant changes with your doctor.
- Blood Disorders: In rare cases, gliclazide can affect blood cells, leading to conditions like thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) or leukopenia (low white blood cell count). If you notice any unusual bleeding, bruising, or signs of infection, seek medical attention.
When Not to Use:
- Type 1 Diabetes: Gliclazide is not suitable for individuals with type 1 diabetes, as it primarily works by stimulating insulin release from the pancreas, which is not present or significantly impaired in type 1 diabetes.
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Gliclazide should not be used in individuals with diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious condition characterized by high blood sugar levels, ketones in the urine, and acidosis. Immediate medical attention is required in such cases.
- Hypersensitivity: If you have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to gliclazide or other sulfonylurea medications, you should avoid using Getzid MR 60mg tablets.
- Severe Liver or Kidney Disease: Gliclazide is primarily eliminated from the body through the liver and kidneys. Individuals with severe liver or kidney disease may have reduced drug clearance, and the use of gliclazide may need to be adjusted or avoided. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice.
Note: It is important to use gliclazide as prescribed by your doctor and follow regular blood sugar monitoring to ensure safe and effective use of the medication. Discuss any concerns or potential side effects with your healthcare provider.