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Glipizide for Cats - 10mg (1 Tablet) (Manufacturer may vary) - [Diabetes Support]

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Description

Glipizide is used to treat type II diabetes in cats along with diet, exercise, and insulin therapy if necessary. Glipizide requires a prescription from your veterinarian. Glipizide is an oral blood-glucose-lowering drug in a class called sulfonylureas. It acts by causing the pancreas to release insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar.

Key Benefits

  • Normalizes blood sugar levels in cats with type II diabetes
  • Highly effective when combined with low-carbohydrate diet
  • Easy administration via oral tablets
  • Lowers blood sugar levels

How it works

Glipizide is an oral blood-glucose-lowering drug in a class called sulfonylureas. It acts by causing the pancreas to release insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar.

Indications

Glipizide tablets are indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Directions

  • Glipizide is a prescription medication used to regulate type II diabetes in cats.
  • Glipizide is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for cats.
  • Glipizide is for use in cats only. Do not use this medication in dogs.
  • Glipizide should be given with food.

Tip: Glipizide may cause blood sugar levels to be too low. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, fast heart beat, sweating, tremor and nausea. Treat hypoglycemia in cats by applying teaspoon of Karo Syrup to the cat's gums. Routine blood tests, urinalysis, and kidney function tests may be needed.

Glipizide Dosage for Cats
Weight Dosage
All weights 2.5 mg to 5mg per cat by mouth twice a day with food.
Glipizide Dosage for Dogs
Do not use!

Storage:

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Cautions:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, thyroid disease, a serious infection, illness or injury, or if your pet needs surgery. Also tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating. Side effects include vomiting, loss of appetite, and jaundice. Hypoglycemia may occur.

Possible Side Effects:

Some possible side effects may include vomiting, sudden lowering of the blood sugar, weakness, wobbling, inability to stand, extreme hunger, shivering, lethargy, shaking, seizures, or coma. If you see these signs contact your veterinarian immediately. May cause toxic effects in the liver. Signs would include vomiting, depression, loss of appetite, and jaundice (yellowing of thegums, skin, or eyes). Contact your veterinarian immediately if you see these signs. Uncommon side effects include suppression of the bone marrow. This may lead to anemia, with pale gums, weakness, and lethargy; bruising or bleeding tendencies; and decreased white blood cell counts, which may cause the animal to be more at risk of infections. If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you notice any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Precautions:

Not for use in animals allergic to glipizide or sulfa drugs. Do not use in pregnant or lactating animals . Do not use in animals with untreated diseases of the adrenal or pituitary glands or those with liver, kidney, or thyroid disease. Glipizide is not effective in treating cats with complications of diabetes such as diabetic coma, acidosis, ketosis, or insulin resistance. Contact your veterinarian if you notice an increase in drinking or urinating.

Drug Interactions:

Always inform your veterinarian of what medications your pet is currently taking before administering a new medication.

FAQ

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of glipizide overdose include hunger, nausea, anxiety, weakness, drowsiness, unconsciousness, and coma.
If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving glipizide and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Other less serious side effects may occur due mostly to blood sugar levels that are too low or too high. Symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar include shaking; headache; pale, cool skin; and anxiety. Symptoms of hyperglycemia or high blood sugar include increased thirst, hunger and urination. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.
Follow diet and medication routines closely. Changing any of these things can affect blood sugar levels. Tell your veterinarian that your pet is taking glipizide before undergoing any surgery. Do not take any prescription, over the counter, or herbal cough, cold, allergy, pain, or weight loss medications without first talking to your veterinarian.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, thyroid disease, a serious infection, illness or injury, or if the pet needs surgery. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

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