Part of the sulfonylurea class of diabetes drugs, Amaryl (glimepiride) helps beta cells in the pancreas release more insulin. Because type 2 diabetes medications act in different ways to lower blood glucose levels, providers will often prescribe multiple drugs to obtain the best blood glucose–lowering effects. This medication should be taken with food to avoid low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). Several of the more popular combinations of oral drugs can be prescribed together in a single pill. Each medication has its own side effects. Read labels carefully to be sure you know what they are.
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