after years of taking glipizide xl, without changing prescription, online pharmacy just changed my medicine to glipizide er - is that a generic form? is there a difference in the medication?
Is glipizide er the same as glipizide xl?
Question posted by Nando15 on 3 Aug 2010
Last updated on 28 April 2018 by genisis1
My experience with glipizide xl and glipizide er i that glipizide xl keeps my blood sugars controlled much better that glipizide er. Glipizide er results in my blood sugar tests being 20 to 30 points higher than Glipizide XL. After your explaination of how each one works, I can see why and confirms what I am seeing.
I have told my Dr. about this and she wrote the prescription for Glucotrol XL The Pharmacy is telling me that the plan is not covering this and is trying to work it out with the Dr.
Yes. Glipizide ER and Glipizide XL are both generic versions of the original brand Glucotrol XL.
They are both long acting formulations.
All of the generic glipizide versions currently available have been assigned an "AB" rating by the FDA, meaning they should be equivalent to Glucotrol XL, although there may be differences in the inactive ingredients.
ER or XL means extended release.
Time release technology, also known as sustained-release (SR), sustained-action (SA), extended-release (ER, XR, or XL), time-release or timed-release, controlled-release (CR), modified release (MR), or continuous-release (CR or Contin), is a mechanism used in pill tablets or capsules to dissolve slowly and release a drug over time. The advantages of sustained-release tablets or capsules are that they can often be taken less frequently than instant-release formulations of the same drug, and that they keep steadier levels of the drug in the bloodstream.
I hope this helps.
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