Amaryl is a medicine taken by mouth to help lower blood sugar. It belongs to a group of medicines called sulfonylureas.
Amaryl works by increasing the amount of insulin released from your pancreas. The insulin then lowers your blood sugar levels.
What Amaryl is used for:
Amaryl is used to treat a certain form of diabetes (type 2 diabetes mellitus) when diet, physical exercise and weight reduction alone have not been able to control your blood sugar levels.
Do not take Amaryl and tell your doctor if:
You are allergic to: glimepiride or other sulfonylureas (medicines used to lower your blood sugar such as glibenclamide) or sulfonamides (medicines for bacterial infections such as sulfamethoxazole) or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
You have insulin dependent diabetes (type 1 diabetes mellitus)
You have diabetic ketoacidosis (a complication of diabetes when your acid level is raised in your body and you may have some of the following signs: fatigue, feeling sick (nausea), frequent urination and muscular stiffness)
You are in a diabetic coma
You have severe kidney disease
You have a severe liver disease
Do not take this medicine if any of the above apply to you.
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Amaryl.