In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02242987 ||DIAMICRON MR 30MG EXTENDED RELEASE TABLET|
|02356422 ||DIAMICRON MR 60MG EXTENDED RELEASE TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Gliclazide modified release (MR) belongs to the class of medications called oral hypoglycemics. It is used for the control of blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes. It is used when diet, exercise, and weight reduction have not been found to control blood glucose well enough without medication. Gliclazide MR increases the amount of insulin released by the pancreas and helps the body use insulin more efficiently.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended starting dose of gliclazide MR is 30 mg taken once daily at the same time every day. Your doctor will gradually increase the dose every two weeks to a maximum of 120 mg daily, depending on the reduction of your blood glucose. It is recommended that the medication be taken at breakfast time. Do not chew or crush the tablets. The 60 mg tablets can be split in half. The 30 mg tablets cannot be split in half and should be swallowed whole.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and take your usual dose at the regular time the next day. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white oblong tablet, engraved with "DIA 30" on one side and a symbol on the other contains 30 mg gliclazide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous colloidal silica, calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, and maltodextrin.
Each white oblong breakable tablet, scored on both sides, engraved with "DIA 60" on both faces contains 60 mg of gliclazide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous colloidal silica, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and maltodextrin.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take gliclazide MR if you:
- are allergic to gliclazide or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to other sulfonylureas (such as glyburide) or sulfonamides (such as sulfamethoxazole)
- are pregnant or breast-feeding
- are taking some forms of miconazole (ask your doctor or pharmacist for details)
- are experiencing physical stress such as serious infection, injury or surgery
- have severe kidney or liver disease
- have type 1 diabetes
- have unstable diabetes or ketoacidosis (a high amount of ketones in your urine)