Chloropropamide helps control high blood sugar and prevents kidney problems, heart disease, blindness, impotency and stroke. It stimulates the release of insulin in the patients body, lowering the level of blood sugar.
Chloropropamide is a medication distributed under the brand names Orinase, Diabinese, and Tolinase and under several generic names including Acetohexamide, Tolbutamide and Tolazamide. This medication is used by patients with type II diabetes.
Chloropropamide is taken orally once a day as prescribed by your physician. The dosage will vary depending on the medical condition being treated and the response of the patient to the medication. Take the medicine at the same time daily to get its full benefit. Do not take more medication than prescribed to avoid overdose.
Patients taking this medication may experience side effects including diarrhea, weight gain, wamble, vomiting and loss of appetite. These are minor side effects but it is still important to inform your physician about these.
There are cases of serious side effects that include unusual fatigue, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, weakness of the muscles, dark color stool, swelling of feet or hands, muscle weakness, vomiting, yellowish skin and eyes and stomach pains. The patient should be taken to a hospital immediately if any of these serious side effects occur.
Chloropropamide can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This side effect is usually experienced by patients who do not consume enough calories. It is advisable to always carry some glucose pills to raise the blood sugar if necessary. You may use substitutes such as orange juice, candy, honey and sugar. It is essential to closely monitor your blood sugar if you are using Chloropropamide.
If you need to use Chloropropamide, inform your physician if you have any allergies to this or similar medications. Also tell your physician if you have other medical conditions including 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 such as operating machines, driving and other extreme activities.
Patients taking this medication should avoid alcoholic drinks because it increases the risk of having hypoglycemia. Alcohol interacts with the medication and can cause discomfort and unwanted side effects including stomach pain, wamble, facial flushing and dizziness.
While taking Chloropropamide, avoid extended exposure to sunlight because the medication causes the body to be more sensitive with the sun. Patients should wear protective clothing when going outdoors.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers need to consult their physician before taking the medicine to avoid risk to the baby.
This medication is prescribed by physicians and should not be shared with others.
Chloropropamide has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of chloropropamide is C10H13ClN2O3S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N-(4-chlorophenyl)sulfonylmethanamide
• Molecular weight is 276.741 g/mol
• Chloropropamide available : 100mg tablets and 250mg tablets
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