What are Glipizide Tablets for Cats and Dogs?
- Glipizide is a prescription medication that lowers blood sugar levels and is used for long-term management of diabetes.
Why do cats and dogs use Glipizide?
- Prescription Glipizide, a type of drug called a sulfonylurea, is given to cats treat non-insulin dependent diabetes.
- This medication causes the pancreas to release insulin, which helps normalize your cat’s blood sugar.
- Glipizide cannot cure diabetes, but it can be used, along with diet and exercise, for long-term disease management to make your cat or dog more comfortable.
What else should I know about Glipizide?
- Treats non-insulin dependent diabetes.
- Lowers blood sugar levels.
- It may take 1 to 2 months to determine if the Glipizide is having an effect.
What problems could my dog or cat have with Glipizide?
- About 15% of cats will vomit after starting to take Glipizide, but this side effect ususally gets better after a few days.
- Rare but serious side effects of Glipizide include jaundice and hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you see seizures, collapse, rear leg weakness or paralysis, muscle twitching, unsteadiness, lack of energy, or depression.
How do you use Glipizide?
- Glipizide is usually given with meals. Follow your veterinarian's instructions.
What is in Glipizide?
- Glipizide, a type of drug called a sulfonylurea, causes the pancreas to release insulin, which reduces blood sugar.
Will I get what I see in the picture?
- Glipizide is sold as an FDA approved generic drug. Brand may vary from order to order and variation to variation. We are unable to guarantee which brand will be available at the time of order shipment.
Is it important for my dog or cat to finish all of the Glipizide?
- Dogs and cats may use Glipizide for different lengths of time. Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions.
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My cat takes 5 units of lantis glargine, what would the equivalent be in mg. of glipizide? The injectable insulin is too expensive for long term management of our cat and we are looking at possible alternatives once she gets her disease under control ?
Lantus (insulin glargine) is a long acting human-labeled insulin used in the management of diabetes in a variety of animals. Glipizide is a human-labeled medication in the class of medications known as sulfonylureas; used in the treatment of diabetes as well. Sulfonylureas work by stimulating the pancreas to produce insulin. For glipizide to be effective the pancreas must still be functioning properly. A fairly small number of newly diagnosed cats (~20% -30%) may benefit from initiation of glipizide to manage their diabetes. Glipizide is generally not recommended for the management of diabetes in cats though, and as a result, there is minimal evidence to guide dosing. Since your cat is currently on insulin glargine your cat’s diabetes may be at the point that insulin supplementation is required to manage the disease. It is recommended that you contact your veterinarian to discuss any other potential options for the management of your cat’s diabetes. Thank you, VetRxDirectCommunity Answer
Is it 13 cents per bottle of 100 pills? Thank you!?
The glipizide, like many of the tablets and capsules that we carry, is sold per tablet, not per bottle. You simply select the quantity of tablets that you need and add them to your cart. Thank you, VetRxDirectCommunity Answer
how big are these tablets??
Cheryl, We've updated the product picture to reflect the current tablet available. Please keep in mind the manufacturer, therefore the size of the tabet, can change from order to order when filling generic drugs. See the 'Description' tab to the left to see a picture of the current tablet. Thank you, VetRxDirectCommunity Answer