Do Sulfonylureas Have Side Effects?

Q:
Do sulfonylureas have side effects?

A:
Sulfonylureas are the most widely used drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and appear to function by stimulating the pancreas to release more insulin. They should be taken with a meal once or twice a day.

Sulfonylureas are usually well tolerated, but they do have some side effects. Hypoglycemia is the most common side effect and is more common with long-acting sulfonylureas. Other infrequent side effects that may occur with them include nausea, occasional skin rash, abnormal liver function tests, irritability, upset stomach and so on.

Follow your meal plan and activity program. Call your healthcare provider if your blood glucose levels are consistently low.

If there is an increase in your activity level or reduction in your weight or calorie intake, the dose of sulfonylureas may need to be lowered.

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