Each tablet contains 80 mg of the active ingredient gliclazide. Diamicron® tablets are white, circular compressed tablets with flat bevelled edges and cross scoring on one face and
come in cartons of 60 tablets.
What type of medicine is Diamicron®?
Diamicron® is one of a group of medicines called sulphonylureas.
Diamicron® is used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus when insulin is not necessary and when diet alone fails to
lower blood glucose (sugar).
Before taking your medicine
Diamicron® should not be used :
â€¢ in pregnancy,
â€¢ when breast feeding,
â€¢ for the treatment of diabetes in children,
â€¢ when there is a known allergy to sulphonylureas and other related drugs,
â€¢ in diabetics undergoing surgery, after trauma or during serious infections
â€¢ in diabetics with severe kidney or liver disease
â€¢ if you experience symptoms of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) such as sweating, pallor, hunger, irregular heart beat
â€¢ in patients allergic to lactose or any of the inactive ingredients.
If you think any of these situations apply to you, or you have any questions or doubts about taking Diamicron®, you
should consult your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
As with any treatment for diabetes, your blood sugar level will become too low if your dietary intake is reduced. If you
have an infection, an operation, or suffer a serious injury, inform your doctor that you take Diamicron®.
Your concentration and therefore your ability to drive or use machines, may be affected if your diabetes is not satisfactorily
Drinking alcohol can alter the control of your treatment for diabetes.
Interactions with other medicines
The treatment of your diabetes with Diamicron® may be affected by a number of other medicines you may have been
prescribed or have bought from the chemist. The effect of Diamicron® may be increased by salicylates (aspirin),
phenylbutazone (used to treat arthritis), sulphonamides, coumarin drugs (used to thin the blood), MAOIs (a type of antidepressant),
beta blockers (used to treat high blood pressure), tetracycline compounds (a type of antibiotic),chloramphenicol
(a type of antibiotic), disopyramide (used to treat irregular heart beat), miconazole (an oral treatment for fungus
infection), clofibrate (used to reduce fat) and cimetidine (used to treat stomach ulcers). The effect of Diamicron®
may be lessened by oral contraceptives, steroids, thiazide diuretics (water tablets), phenothiazine derivatives (a type
of sedative), thyroid hormone and in patients who overuse laxatives.
It is most important that you consult your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are taking any other medicine.
Taking your medicine
The total daily dose generally varies from one half to four tablets according to your response to treatment. The dose
you need will be determined and adjusted by your doctor. When the total daily dose exceeds two tablets, it should be
divided into two equal doses taken morning and evening.
Tablets should be swallowed with a glass of water before a meal.
Treatment for diabetes is usually life-long.
In the event of an overdose, contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty department immediately.
The symptoms to be expected of overdose are those of hypoglycaemia (sweating, pallor, hunger pangs, tachycardia,
malaise) and can be helped by taking glucose or sweet drinks.
If you forget to take one or more doses, take another as soon as you remember and then go on as prescribed. Do not
take a double dose.
This medicine should not be taken after the expiry date which is clearly marked on the outside of the box.
Unfortunately, all medicines can produce side-effects and Diamicron® is not different. Diamicron® used in normal
doses may cause unwanted effects in some people. These can include: nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion,
headache, skin rashes, itching, hypoglycaemia, the symptoms of blood dyscrasias i.e. paleness, prolonged bleeding,
bruising, sore throat and fever , abnormalities of liver function including yellow skin and eyes.
If you should suffer from any undesirable effect including any not listed above, you should report it to your doctor, pharmacist
This medicine should be kept out of reach of children.
If your doctor decides to stop your treatment, return any tablets left over to the pharmacist.
Only keep them if your doctor tells you to.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Do not give your tablets to anyone else, even if they suffer from the same condition as you.
This medicine could be harmful to them or interfere with other treatments. Your medicine has been prescribed by your
doctor specifically for you.
This package information leaflet was last revised in July 2005.
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