What You Should Know About Glyburide And Gestational Diabetes
What is Glyburide?
Glyburide is an oral diabetes drug that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition where the body cannot make enough insulin or use it properly. Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the beta cells in the pancreas. This hormone helps glucose get into the body cells for energy. If the body isn’t capable of using or producing enough insulin, glucose will build up in bloodstream. This leads to high blood sugar levels, which, if left untreated, could lead to health complications such as nerve damage, kidney problems and blindness. Glyburide belongs to a class of medications known as sulfonylureas. These medications work by helping the body produce more insulin. It may also help the body respond better to insulin. This helps to reduce high blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Taking this medication during pregnancy can harm your unborn baby. You should inform your doctor if you are planning to get pregnant, so you can adjust your treatment plan.
How to take this medication
Before you take this medication, you should inform your health-care provider if you are allergic to sulfa drugs or you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis. You should only take this medication as it is prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may change your dosage, so that you can achieve the best results. You should take this medicine with the first meal of the day, unless specified otherwise. You should not breastfeed while taking Glyburide.
Glyburide and gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes refers to a form of diabetes which develops during pregnancy. Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your body cells use glucose. Women with gestational diabetes experience high blood sugar levels, which may negatively affect their pregnancy and baby’s health. Gestational diabetes can be controlled through regular exercise and a healthy diet. You may also need to take this drug to manage your blood sugar levels. The use of Glyburide to treat gestational diabetes has increased over the past 10 years. Initial studies showed that this medication is a safe treatment for controlling blood sugar. Other research studies have shown that women with gestational diabetes may need a higher dose of this medicine. The study showed that taking this medicine during pregnancy can lead to birth complications such as high birth weight, respiratory distress, hypoglycemia or neonatal intensive care unit admission.
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