Apo-Chlorpropamide helps control high blood sugar and prevents the risk of kidney problems, heart disease, blindness, impotency and stroke. It stimulates the release of insulin in the body, which lowers the level of blood sugar.
Apo-Chlorpropamide is a prescription medication distributed under the brand names Orinase, Diabinese, and Tolinase. Apo-Chlorpropamide is sold under several generic names including Acetohexamide, Tolbutamide and Tolazamide. It is a medication used by patients with type II diabetes.
Apo-Chlorpropamide is taken orally, usually once a day after breakfast, as prescribed by the doctor. The dose may vary depending on the medical condition and the response of the patient to the medication. It is best to take the medicine at the same time regularly to get its full benefit. Avoid taking more than what is prescribed to avoid overdose.
Patients taking Apo-Chlorpropamide may experience side effects such as diarrhea, weight gain, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. These are only minor side effects but it is still important to inform your doctor about these.
There are also rare cases of serious side effects that include unusual fatigue, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, weakness of the muscles, dark color stool, skin edema of feet or hands, muscle weakness, vomiting, yellowish skin and eyes and stomach pains. The patient should be brought to a hospital if any of these serious side effects occur.
Taking Apo-Chlorpropamide can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This side effect may be experienced by patients who do not intake enough calories. It is advisable to always bring some glucose tablets to raise the blood sugar if necessary. You may also use substitutes such as orange juice, candy, honey and sugar.
It is essential to closely monitor your blood sugar if you are using Apo-Chlorpropamide.
If you need to use Apo-Chlorpropamide, you must inform your doctor if you have any allergies to this or similar medications. You must also tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions such as kidney problems, heart problems, thyroid problems, liver problem, poor diet or mineral imbalance.
The medication affects your vision and can cause somnolence so it is advised not to engage in activities that require normal alertness such as operating machines, driving and other extreme activities.
Patients who are taking this medication should avoid alcoholic drinks because it increases the risk of having hypoglycemia. Alcohol also interacts with the medication and can cause discomfort and unwanted side effects such as stomach pain, nausea, facial flushing and dizziness.
While taking Apo-Chlorpropamide, it is best to avoid too much exposure to sunlight because the medication causes the body to be more sensitive with the sun. Wear some protective clothing when going outdoors.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before taking the medicine to avoid any risk to the infant.
This medication is only prescribed by doctors and should not be shared with anyone.
Apo-chlorpropamide has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of apo-chlorpropamide is C10H13ClN2O3S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-(4-chlorophenyl)sulfonylmethanamide
• Molecular weight is 276.741 g/mol
• Apo-chlorpropamide available : 100mg tablets and 250mg tablets
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