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AMARYL
(glimepiride)

DRUG DESCRIPTION

AMARYL is an oral sulfonylurea that contains the active ingredient glimepiride. Chemically, glimepiride is identified as 1-[[p-[2-(3-ethyl-4-methyl-2-oxo-3-pyrroline-1carboxamido) ethyl]phenyl]sulfonyl]-3-(trans-4-methylcyclohexyl)urea (C24H34N4O5S) with a molecular weight of 490.62. Glimepiride is a white to yellowish-white, crystalline, odorless to practically odorless powder and is practically insoluble in water.

The structural formula is:

AMARYL (glimepiride) Structural Formula Illustration

AMARYL tablets contain the active ingredient glimepiride and the following inactive ingredients: lactose (hydrous), sodium starch glycolate, povidone, microcrystalline cellulose, and magnesium stearate. In addition, AMARYL 1 mg tablets contain Ferric Oxide Red, AMARYL 2 mg tablets contain Ferric Oxide Yellow and FD&C Blue #2 Aluminum Lake, and AMARYL 4 mg tablets contain FD&C Blue #2 Aluminum Lake.

What are the possible side effects of glimepiride (Amaryl)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe skin rash, itching, redness, or irritation;
  • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, unusual weakness;
  • numbness or tingly feeling;
  • trouble breathing;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • dark urine, clay-colored stools;
  • upper stomach pain, low fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or...

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What are the precautions when taking glimepiride (Amaryl)?

Before taking glimepiride, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: metabolic conditions (e.g., diabetic ketoacidosis).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, certain hormonal conditions (adrenal/pituitary insufficiency, SIADH-syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone), mineral imbalance...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 2/15/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.