Why do I need to take my prescribed medication for diabetes?


Sulphonylureas lower blood glucose levels by increasing insulin release from pancreatic islet beta cells in the pancreas and limiting glucose production by the liver. Sulphonylureas also decrease breakdown of lipids to fatty acids and reduce clearance of insulin in the liver.

Sulphonylureas may induce hypoglycaemia due to excess insulin release which can occur with a dose that is too high and if you are fasting. Sulphonylureas may also induce weight gain due to increased insulin release.

Please consult your doctor for any advice on usage of medication to manage diabetes.