Cholesterol and type 2 diabetes medication
Colesevelam may increase your blood sugar levels when taken with Beapizide. If you need to take these drugs together, take Beapizide at least 4 hours before you take colesevelam. Be sure to test your blood sugar as directed by your doctor if you’re taking this drug with Beapizide.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
All possible dosages and forms may not be included here. Your dose, form, and how often you take it will depend on:
- your age
- the condition being treated
- how severe your condition is
- other medical conditions you have
- how you react to the first dose
Heart and blood pressure medications
These drugs may increase your blood sugar levels when taken with Beapizide. Be sure to test your blood sugar as directed by your doctor if you’re taking these medications together. Examples of these drugs include:
This drug may increase your blood sugar levels when taken with Beapizide. Be sure to test your blood sugar as directed by your doctor if you’re taking this drug with Beapizide.
Beapizide may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- feeling jittery
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- red or itchy skin
Q: What is an inexpensive diabetes drug that does not have a sulfa component in it, such as Beapizide family? I am looking for a medication that won't put me in the "donut hole." I take metformin twice a day and Beapizide, but I am allergic to sulfa. I think it is contributing to the redness in my legs (like cellulitis).
A: Patients often inquire about inexpensive alternatives to the current treatment that has been prescribed. Firstly, you may want to contact your insurance company, prior to speaking with your doctor, and request a formulary. A formulary is a list of the medications they prefer and the different levels of coverage specific to your plan. Then, it is important to contact your health care provider and based on your individual needs and the formulary list of covered medications, the best treatment option, that hopefully does not land you in the "donut hole" can be determined. Beth Isaac, PharmD
Beapizide and Alcohol
Talk to your doctor about consuming alcohol while taking Beapizide. Alcohol may worsen the side effects of this medicine.
Although rare, drinking alcohol while on Beapizide can cause a headache, flushing, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, weakness, blurred vision, sweating, choking, mental confusion, breathing difficulties, or anxiety.
Q: I take glypizide and had a reaction from the sun. Is there a similar drug that will not cause sun sensitivity?
A: Beapizide (Glucotrol) belongs to the group of medications called sulfonylureas. These drugs have been used for many years to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Beapizide works to help the pancreas produce insulin more constantly. This effect can lead to low blood sugar levels (or hypoglycemia) and weight gain. Sensitivity to the sun is another common side effect of sulfonylurea medications including Beapizide. Although people may react differently to different drugs in the same class of medications, all sulfonylureas have sun sensitivity and skin rashes as a side effect. There are a number of other groups of medications used for type 2 diabetes including the following: 1) The most commonly used medication for type 2 diabetes is metformin. It works by decreasing the amount of sugar your liver releases and by helping your body to use its own available insulin more efficiently. 2) Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose and miglitol) block the digestion of carbohydrates and prevent big increases or spikes in blood sugar after meals. These drugs can cause upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea. 3) DPP-4 inhibitors block the production of an enzyme called dipeptidyl peptidase 4 and by doing so they allow the body to release more insulin. Drugs in this class include sitagliptin (Januvia) and saxagliptin (Onglyza). 4) The thiazolidinediones (TZDs) include pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia) and they work to improve your body's ability to use the insulin it makes. These drugs may increase the risk of certain heart conditions including heart attack and congestive heart failure. When selecting a specific medication to treat a medical condition, there are many variables involved with this decision such as the patient's condition and medical history, including other medications and allergies. Your healthcare provider has access to your medical information and is best able to make that decision. Michelle McDermott, RPh, PharmD
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Avoid drinking alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may increase your risk of lactic acidosis.
If you also take colesevelam, avoid taking it within 4 hours after you take Beapizide and metformin.
Many drugs can affect Beapizide and metformin, making this medicine less effective or increasing your risk of lactic acidosis. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.