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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Tolbutamide exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Tolbutamide must be taken regularly for it to work well. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
Take Tolbutamide with food.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
You may have been warned about hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. It is important for you to recognise the symptoms of hypoglycaemia and correct the low blood sugar level. If you don't, you may faint.
How do I know if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?
Some of the symptoms of hypoglycaemia include dizziness, headache, shaky hands, feeling hungry, weak or confused, problems speaking. These symptoms are your body's way of warning you that your blood sugar is dangerously low.
What should I do if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?
You should take a drink or food containing sugar (for example, fruit juice, soft drinks, sweets) at the first sign of hypoglycaemia. If your symptoms do not improve, get medical help. Always carry some glucose tablets (also known as dextrose tablets) with you at all times.
When should I not use this medicine?
Tolbutamide may not be suitable for you if you suffer from kidney, liver, heart, thyroid, adrenal or pituitary disease.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Tolbutamide.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Tolbutamide.
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to a type of medicine known as sulphonamides. Some examples of sulphonamides include an antibiotic called co-trimoxazole (often known as Septrim or Bactrim) and another medicine called sulfasalazine.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
It is important for you to maintain a healthy diet and weight in order to help keep your diabetes under control.
Why do I need this medicine?
Tolbutamide helps to treat diabetes by keeping your blood sugar in control. Tolbutamide stimulates the pancreas to release insulin which helps lower the high blood sugar level that occurs after each meal.
Tolbutamide is meant to be taken as part of a complete diabetes care programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.
What side effects could I experience?
You may experience some stomach discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion or diarrhoea. Take Tolbutamide with food to reduce this problem.
Tolbutamide may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Alert your doctor if you develop rashes, especially if the rash is severe or does not go away.
Tolbutamide may leave an unpleasant or unusual taste in your mouth. It may also cause some weight gain.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
A type of heart medicine called beta-blockers may hide the symptoms of hypoglycaemia when taken with Tolbutamide. Some examples of beta-blockers are metoprolol, atenolol and propranolol.
Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- blood-thinning medicines such as dicoumarol
- antifungal medicines such as miconazole
- a blood pressure or heart medicine called hydrochlorothiazide
- a painkiller called phenylbutazone
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.