Highlights, shape, how to take it, and more

If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor might suggest Amaryl as a treatment option. It is a prescription drug used with exercise and a balanced diet to help manage blood sugar levels in adults.

Amaryl comes in the form of a tablet that you swallow. Its active ingredient is glimepiride. (An active ingredient is what makes a medicine work.) Glimepiride belongs to a group of medicines called sulfonylureas.

This article describes the dosages of Amaryl, as well as its strengths and how to take it. To learn more about Amaryl, check out this detailed article.

To note: This chart highlights the basics of Amaryl dosing. Be sure to read on for more details.

Please keep in mind that this article covers the standard dosage regimen of Amaryl, which is provided by the drug manufacturer. But always follow the dosage instructions prescribed by your doctor.

This section outlines the standard dosage and administration information for Amaryl. Your doctor will review the dosage instructions specific to your condition before you start taking this medication.

What is the form of Amaryl?

Amaryl comes in the form of a tablet that you swallow.

What are the advantages of Amaryl?

Amaryl tablets have the following dosages:

What are the usual dosages of Amaryl?

Your doctor will usually prescribe a low dose of Amaryl. Then they will adjust it over time to reach the amount that is right for you. They will ultimately prescribe the smallest dose that best manages your blood sugar.

The information below outlines Amaryl dosages for diabetes that are commonly used or recommended. But be sure to take the dose your doctor has prescribed for you. They will determine the best dosage to meet your needs.

The recommended starting dose of Amaryl is 1 mg or 2 mg taken once a day. Your doctor will decide what starting dose is safe for you based on your age and how well your kidneys are working.

Your doctor will likely test your blood sugar periodically to check Amaryl’s effectiveness. If this medicine does not lower your blood sugar enough, it will increase your dose by 1 mg or 2 mg at a time. They will do this every few weeks until you reach a dose that is right for you.

The maximum dose of Amaryl is 8 mg per day.

Is Amaryl taken long term?

Yes, Amaryl is generally used as a long term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Amaryl is safe and effective for you, you will likely take it long term.

Dosage adjustments

Some medicines can affect how Amaryl works. It is important to tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking. They may need to adjust your dose of Amaryl based on this information.

Depending on your age and how well your kidneys are working, your doctor may lower your dose of Amaryl to reduce the risk of side effects from this medication.

The dosage of Amaryl you are prescribed will depend on several factors. These include:

  • the severity of the condition you are using Amaryl to treat
  • your age
  • how well your kidneys are working
  • other medicines you are taking
  • other conditions you may have (see “Dosage adjustments” directly above)

Amaryl comes in the form of a tablet that you swallow. It is recommended to take it once a day with breakfast or your first meal of the day.

For more information on Amaryl expiration, storage, and disposal, see this article.

Accessible medication containers and labels

If you have trouble reading the prescription label on your medications, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Some pharmacies provide medication labels that:

  • have large print or use Braille
  • feature a code you can scan with a smartphone to change text to audio

Your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend pharmacies that offer these accessibility features if your current pharmacy does not.

If you have difficulty opening medicine bottles, tell your pharmacist. They may be able to supply Amaryl in an easy-open container. They may also have tips to make it easier to open the medicine container.

If you miss a dose of Amaryl, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, just skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time.

If you need help remembering to take your dose on time, try using a medication reminder. This may include setting an alarm or downloading a reminder app to your phone.

Do not take more Amaryl than your doctor has prescribed. Taking more than this can cause serious side effects, including severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Overdose symptoms

Symptoms of an Amaryl overdose resemble symptoms of very low blood sugar. These include:

What to do if you take too much Amaryl

Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve taken too much Amaryl. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use their online resource. But if you have severe symptoms, immediately call 911 (or your local emergency number) or go to the nearest emergency room.

The sections above describe typical dosages provided by the drug manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Amaryl, he will prescribe the dosage that is right for you.

Remember that you should not change your dose of Amaryl without your doctor’s advice. Only take Amaryl exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your current dosage. Here are some sample questions you may want to ask your doctor:

  • Will my dose of Amaryl be different if I am 65 or older?
  • Will my dose of Amaryl be affected if I take insulin at the same time?
  • Would a lower dose of Amaryl reduce my risk of side effects?

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Warning: Healthline has made every effort to ensure that all information is factually correct, complete and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or for all specific uses.

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