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What are the effects of diamicron?

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suzanne66 20 Feb 2011

Diamicron tablets contain the active ingredient gliclazide, which is a type of medicine called a sulphonylurea.
Diamicron is not available in the US.
Gliclazide is used to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Gliclazide works mainly by stimulating the beta cells in the pancreas to produce insulin. This helps to decrease the amount of sugar in the blood of people with type 2 diabetes.
On rare occasions, low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) can occur as a side effect of this medicine. This is more likely to happen if you suddenly do more exercise than normal, have your meals at irregular times, eat less than usual, or miss meals altogether.
Symptoms of hypoglycaemia may include cold sweats, cool pale skin, tremor, anxious feeling, unusual tiredness or weakness, confusion, difficulty in concentration, excessive hunger, temporary vision changes, headache and nausea.

Other side effects include:
Disturbances of the gut such as diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
Temporary visual disturbances at start of treatment.
Skin reactions such as rash and itch.
Disturbances in the normal levels of blood cells in the blood.
Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
Disturbance in liver function.
Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).

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