Last update Jan. 16, 2021

Glimepiride

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

Sulfonylurea that stimulates endogenous insulin secretion. May cause hypoglycemia.
Indicated in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Oral administration, one daily dose

We did not find published data regarding the excretion of this substance through breast milk at the time this last update was completed.

The manufacturer (AEMPS 2o18, Sanofi 2016) and some authors do not consider it safe in lactation based on a publication of excessive passage to milk in animals (Hale, Serrano 2015)

Until there is further published data on this drug in relation to breastfeeding, known safer alternatives may be preferable, especially during the neonatal period and in cases of prematurity.

Diet, exercise, and breastfeeding improve blood sugar levels.


See below the information of this related product:

Alternatives

  • Acarbose ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Ardeparin Sodium ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Glibenclamide ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Glipizide ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Hypocaloric Diet ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Insulin ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Metformin Hydrochloride ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Miglitol ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Other names

Glimepiride in other languages or writings:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Glimepiride in its composition:

Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 100 %
Molecular weight 490 daltons
Protein Binding 100 %
VD 0.12 l/Kg
pKa 4.32 -
Tmax 2 - 3 hours
5 - 9 hours

References

  1. AEMPS. Glimepirida. Ficha técnica. 2018 Full text (in our servers)
  2. Sanofi-Aventis. Glimepiride. Drug Summary. 2016 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Serrano Aguayo P, García de Quirós Muñoz JM, Bretón Lesmes I, Cózar León MV. Tratamiento de enfermedades endocrinológicas durante la lactancia. [Endocrinologic diseases management during breastfeeding.] Med Clin (Barc). 2015 Jan 20;144(2):73-9. Abstract

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