Glipizide and Metformin (Systemic)
Brand Names : Metaglip
Glipizide and Metformin (GLIP-i-zide and met-FOR-min)
combination is used to treat high blood sugar levels that are caused by a
type of diabetes mellitus or sugar diabetes called type 2 diabetes. Normally,
after you eat, your pancreas releases insulin to help your body store excess
sugar for later use. This process occurs during normal digestion of food.
In type 2 diabetes, your body does not work properly to store the excess sugar
and the sugar remains in your bloodstream. Chronic high blood sugar can lead
to serious health problems in the future. Proper diet is the first step in
managing type 2 diabetes but often medicines are needed to help your body.
With two actions, the combination of glipizide and metformin helps your body
cope with high blood sugar. Glipizide stimulates the release of insulin from
the pancreas, directing your body to store blood sugar. Metformin has three
different actions: it slows the absorption of sugar in your small intestine;
it also stops your liver from converting stored sugar into blood sugar; and
it helps your body use your natural insulin more efficiently.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage forms:
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
† Not commercially available in Canada.