09.01 Glipizide (Glucotrol)

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Generic Name

Glipizide

Trade Name

Glucotrol

Indication

Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Action

Stimulates release of insulin from the beta cells in the pancreases and leads to increased sensitivity to insulin

Therapeutic Class

Anti-diabetic

Pharmacologic Class

Sulfonylureas

Nursing Considerations

• May cause aplastic anemias, hypoglycemia, photosensitivity, dizziness,
drowsiness, headache, diarrhea
• Monitor CBC, assess for allergy to sulfonamides
• Beta blockers may create signs of hypoglycemia
• Instruct patient on how to check blood sugars and
• Instruct patient on importance of carrying source of sugar in case of
hypoglycemia

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