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Brand name: Glimel

Glimel is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) glibenclamide. On this page you will find out more about Glimel, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: glibenclamide

Over 65 years of age?

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Information for medicine and pack size:
Glimel 5 mg uncoated tablet, 100

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Glibenclamide is indicated as an adjunct to diet to lower the blood glucose in patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (type 2) whose hyperglycaemia cannot be controlled by diet alone. Because of its broad and predictable action, glibenclamide is often suitable for the management of patients who have failed to respond to other oral antidiabetics.,In initiating treatment for non-insulin-dependent diabetes, diet should be emphasised as the primary form of treatment. Caloric restriction and weight loss are essential in the obese diabetic patient. Proper dietary management alone may be effective in controlling the blood glucose and symptoms of hyperglycaemia. The importance of regular physical activity should also be stressed, and cardiovascular risk factors should be identified and corrective measures taken where possible. If this treatment programme fails to reduce symptoms and/or blood glucose the use of an oral sulfonylurea should be considered. Use of glibenclamide must be viewed by both the physician and patient as a treatment in addition to diet, and not as a substitute for diet or as a convenient mechanism for avoiding dietary restraint.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance 6 mm white bevelled edged tablet marked GE/5 on one side, with alpha symbol on reverse

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Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
30 (hospital only): Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
60 (hospital only): Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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