Glucovance is used to control blood glucose levels (the amount of sugar in the blood) in adults with type II diabetes mellitus. This type of diabetes is also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or maturity onset diabetes.
Glucovance is used:
when diet, exercise and treatment with either metformin or a sulfonylurea medicine are not enough to control your blood glucose in people whose blood sugar levels are already well controlled by the combination of metformin and a sulfonylurea medicine. Glucovance is to replace these two medicines. Glucovance contains two active ingredients, metformin hydrochloride and glibenclamide. Metformin belongs to a group of medicines called biguanides. Metformin lowers blood glucose by helping your body make better use of insulin. Glibenclamide belongs to a group of medicines called sulfonylureas. Glibenclamide lowers blood glucose by increasing the amount of insulin produced by your pancreas. If your blood glucose is not properly controlled, you may experience hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) or hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Glucovance.
Glucovance helps most people with type II diabetes but it may have unwanted side effects in some people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
If you are an elderly person over 65 years of age, report any side effects promptly to your doctor. You may have an increased chance of getting side effects. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- Signs of hypoglycaemia which may include weakness, trembling or shaking, sweating, light headedness, headache, dizziness, irritability and tearfulness
- Stomach upset including nausea (feeling sick), vomiting and indigestion
pressure on the stomach or feeling of fullness
- Loss of appetite
- Taste disturbance
- Mild skin rash
- Transient visual disturbances due to a decrease of blood glucose levels.
- Flushing, headache, breathing difficulties, rapid heart beat, stomach pains or feel sick and vomit if you drink alcohol while taking Glucovance.
The above list includes some of the milder side effects of Glucovance.