Amaryl tablets is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. This medication helps your body respond better to insulin produced by your pancreas. FDA pregnancy category C.
It is not known whether Amaryl is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using Amaryl, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether glimepiride passes into breast milk or if it could be harmful to a nursing baby. Do not take Amaryl without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Avoid drinking alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may interfere with your diabetes treatment. Avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, or tanning beds. Amaryl can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, and a sunburn may result. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) when you are outdoors.
You should not use Amaryl if you are allergic to glimepiride, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with insulin). If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication. Before you take Amaryl, tell your doctor if you have:
liver or kidney disease
an allergy to sulfa drugs
an enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD)
adrenal or pituitary gland problems; or
if you are under-nourished.
How Should Take?
Take Amaryl exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger or smaller amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your dose needs may change if you are ill, if you have a fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency.
Do not change your dose of Amaryl without first talking to your doctor. Amaryl is usually taken once a day with breakfast or the first main meal of the day.