Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s
More information about Gliclazide
Gliclazide is a medication prescribed to lower blood sugar levels and treat diabetes mellitus. It is only prescribed for type-2 diabetes, where regular insulin injections are not needed.
Before you use this treatment, a doctor may advise you to try to control your diabetes through diet and lifestyle changes. You should maintain these changes alongside your use of Gliclazide.
For safety reasons, you must have received a prior diagnosis of type-2 diabetes before ordering this medication online.
Gliclazide is also known by a number of brands including Bilxona, Dacadis and Diamicron.
There are three forms of diabetes; type-1, type-2 and gestational (GDM). Type-1 commonly occurs in children and teenagers, and it is where your body cannot produce insulin. As a result, you require insulin injections. Type-2 is more common in adults, and it is where your body does not produce enough insulin and cannot use it efficiently. Gestational (GDM) is generally temporary and occurs in pregnant women.
Insulin is an essential hormone, produced by the pancreas, which is needed for your cells to absorb blood sugar (or glucose). If your cells cannot complete this process, high blood sugar can present many unpleasant symptoms and life-threatening complications.
Gliclazide activates beta cells in your pancreas, increasing their production of insulin. By increasing your insulin production, your cells can reduce blood sugar levels. In turn, you will suffer less from the symptoms of diabetes.
Remember - with every medication you take, follow the advice of the prescribing doctor.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, do not take a double dose. Instead, take your next tablet as normal.
There are two versions your doctor may prescribe - immediate-release and modified-release. Each version works in a slightly different way.
An immediate-release tablet will introduce the active ingredient, gliclazide, into your bloodstream immediately. You may need to take two tablets daily. You should start with a 40-80mg tablet every morning with breakfast. The doctor may increase this to 160mg, depending on how you react. Any more than this should be taken as a separate dose. Do not exceed 320 mg daily.
In comparison, the modified-release version releases gliclazide gradually, meaning only one tablet is needed. The tablet should be taken in the morning, before breakfast. You will start with 30mg and should visit your doctor for a review every four weeks. Do not exceed 120mg of the modified-release tablets per day.
All medications pose a risk of side effects. The most common reactions associated with Gliclazide are:
*This is where your blood sugar levels drop too low. It is recommended to snack on fruit or drink fruit juices if this occurs.
For a full list of side effects, including less commonly and rarely reported reactions, please consult the patient information leaflet (PIL) - this will be included with your order.
If you experience any side effects, make sure to report them to your doctor.
You should also know the symptoms of an allergic reaction - rashes, swelling of the face and throat and difficulty breathing.
To be prescribed a course of Gliclazide, you must have been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
Other than this, there are a number of conditions and situations that may make this treatment ineffective or dangerous. For example, if you:
You should contact your doctor if any of the above apply.
As mentioned above, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use this medication. Theoretically, the ingredients can affect your child and induce hypoglycemia.
You should be aware of the symptoms of hypoglycemia - trembling, weakness, vision problems, etc. If you experience these, do not drive until you have dealt with the hypoglycemia and recovered.
If you have been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes by your regular doctor and have been previously prescribed Gliclazide, you can order the treatment from HealthExpress.
Our doctors will need to verify your medical details, which is why you will be asked to complete a quick online consultation form. We do not share information with any third parties, except for your doctor where it is medically and legally required.
If our doctors approve your order, our pharmacy will dispense the required volume of Gliclazide and package it in a discreet container. We will send the package with a next-day-delivery service. The entire process takes under 24 hours, assuming you order before our evening cut-off times.
|Availability||Out of stock|
|Description||An anti-diabetic treatment for adults with diabetes|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Available dosage(s)||40mg & 80mg immediate-release / 30mg & 60mg modified-release|
|Application||Take 1 tablet daily with breakfast. Do not exceed 320mg immediate-release/120mg modified-release|
|Posology||Consult patient leaflet|
|Alcohol consumption||Yes, in moderation|
|When breastfeeding||Avoid in pregnancy and when breastfeeding - risk of harm to child|
|When pregnant||Avoid in pregnancy and when breastfeeding - risk of harm to child|