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What is Glipizide?

Glipizide is used to treat type II diabetes in cats along with diet, exercise, and insulin therapy if necessary. Glipizide requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Cats

Benefits:
  • Normalizes blood sugar levels in cats with type II diabetes
  • Highly effective when combined with low-carbohydrate diet
  • Easy administration via oral tablets
How it Works:

Glipizide is an oral blood-glucose-lowering drug in a class called sulfonylureas. It acts by causing the pancreas to release insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar.

Cautions:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, thyroid disease, a serious infection, illness or injury, or if your pet needs surgery. Also tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating. Side effects include vomiting, loss of appetite, and jaundice. Hypoglycemia may occur.

Brand Name:

Glucotrol (Pfizer)

Generic Name:

Glipizide

What is Glipizide:

Glipizide is in a class of drugs called sulfonylureas and it is used to help control blood sugar levels. Glipizide is used in cats along with diet and insulin therapy. Glipizide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving glipizide to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, thyroid disease, a serious infection, illness or injury, or if the pet needs surgery. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

What is the most important information I should know about glipizide:

Glipizide is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in cats. Glipizide is available as 5mg tablets. The usual initial dose for cats is 2.5mg by mouth twice a day. Treatment with glipizide in humans may increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared to treatment of diabetes with diet alone or diet with insulin. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor and nausea. Treat hypoglycemia in cats by applying 1/4 teaspoon of Karo Syrup to the cat's gums. Do not give more of this medication than is prescribed without consulting your veterinarian. Do not use this medication in dogs.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Allow pet to drink plenty of water. Glipizide should be taken before meals. Follow your veterinarian's instructions. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store glipizide at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What should I avoid while giving Glipizide to my pet:

Follow diet and medication routines closely. Changing any of these things can affect blood sugar levels. Tell your veterinarian that your pet is taking glipizide before undergoing any surgery. Do not take any prescription, over the counter, or herbal cough, cold, allergy, pain, or weight loss medications without first talking to your veterinarian.

What are the possible side effects of Glipizide:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving glipizide and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Other less serious side effects may occur due mostly to blood sugar levels that are too low or too high. Symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar include shaking; headache; pale, cool skin; and anxiety. Symptoms of hyperglycemia or high blood sugar include increased thirst, hunger and urination. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Glipizide:

Glipizide levels may increase or decrease when given with many other medicines. Before giving glipizide tell your veterinarian if your pet is also taking aspirin or any other salicylate, an NSAID such as carprofen, a sulfa drug such as SMZ/TMP, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as selegiline, a beta blocker such as atenolol, a steroid such as prednisone, a phenothiazine such as acepromazine, phenytoin, or prescription, over the counter, or herbal cough, cold, allergy or weight loss medications. Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with glipizide or affect your pets condition. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about glipizide written for health professionals that you may read.

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Glipizide is a prescription medication used to regulate type II diabetes in cats.
  • Glipizide is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for cats.
  • Glipizide is for use in cats only. Do not use this medication in dogs.
  • Glipizide should be given with food.
Tip:

Glipizide may cause blood sugar levels to be too low. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, fast heart beat, sweating, tremor and nausea. Treat hypoglycemia in cats by applying ¼ teaspoon of Karo Syrup to the cat's gums. Routine blood tests, urinalysis, and kidney function tests may be needed.

Dosage:
Cats:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
2.5mg to 5mg per cat by mouth twice a day with food.
Dogs:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients
Glipizide:
Active Ingredients
Amount
Glipizide
5 mg
Customer Reviews
Glipizide is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product is a great alternative My cat hated insulin. She would hide from me even at mealtime as she thought I would have a needle. I know it doesn't hurt her but she is not used to me dragging her out to administer. The glipizide has lowered her glocuse level some and hopefully more as she keeps taking it. I' m glad there is an alternative to insulin even though the two probably work better together.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good product after using 1 bottle of glipizide my cat had wonderful result. She turn very active as well as eat&sleep well
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Fitz was nearly ten when he was diagnosed pre-diabetic. We checked the literature and started him on 1 1/4 of a 5mg glipizide tablet daily. He's past eleven now and as of his last check-up his blood sugar is staying in the normal range and we've reduced his dosage to 5mg daily. Especially with early diagnosis, this is by far the better all-around solution than insulin.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tippy Tippy is sixteen years old and with her on the Gilipizide, she is now her old self being the pest of the three we have. Her coat is much better, she doesn't upchuck like she did, and when she does, it is a hairball. Thank you for your great product to put our Tips back on the road to health!
Date published: 2011-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product I've ordered this product twice from 1-800 Pet Meds for my diabetic cat and have no complaints - I see no difference in effectiveness from the vet-prescribed glipizide that costs three times as much!
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stress free care I could not handel shots for my cat and she is the type that would hide so it would have been a very stressfull thing to give insulin shots. I heard about glipizide from your web page and asked my doctor if we could try that. I hide the pill in a greenies pill pocket and put in a tbl of canned cat food. My cat acually "asks for her pill" No stress!
Date published: 2011-01-22
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Q&A

Can this pill be made into a slurry with 0.5 to 1 cc of water and administered orally?

Asked by: Ben
Hi there, This is a question you would need to consult your vet to get the proper medical advice on how he/she wants you to administer it.
Answered by: James PetMeds Pro
Date published: 2015-10-03

what is a greenie pill pocket? any other ideas on giving pills to cats?

Asked by: Anonymous
Wrap it in a small piece of cheese - the cheap slices work fine.
Answered by: deleweye
Date published: 2013-05-01

Can tablets be ground up to put in food for dosing?

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, but use a small amount of food to ensure pet ingests the full dose of medication.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2012-10-16

what is the maximum dose of glipizide that can be given before resorting to insulin?

Asked by: Anonymous
There is no answer that I can give you. This is something the veterinarian needs to monitor by performing regular blood tests to ensure that the glipizide is keeping the blood sugar under control. You can monitor this yourself by purchasing and using an IPet Blood Glucose Monitor. Of course, medication is not the only treatment. You need to control the pet's diet and give the pet exercise.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2011-11-15

Triple fish emulsion with glypizid.

What might happen if the medication was not refrigerated for an hour after filling?
Asked by: Trude
The product should be OK if it was for an hour, and only if it was not subjected to extreme heat.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2008-12-31

Can I give this to a teacup poodle?

Asked by: Daisey
No. Dogs are treated for diabetes with insulin.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2008-10-28

is it ok for my cat to take glipizide without insulin?

also, the vet has upped my cats dosage to 5mg twice a day. is that too much?
Asked by: kasmir
Glipizide is usually used in combination with diet and insulin. However, your veterinarian makes the final determination of what medications to use based on your cat's condition. The dose of medication is based on blood sugar testing.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2009-02-07

Is there a product that comes in a capsul or powder form for treating diabeties in a cat

Asked by: Irena
If your concern is having to give a tablet by mouth to a cat, that's understandable. The options available are: 1. Use a device called a Pet Piller 2. Use a Pill Pocket 3. Crush the tablet yourself and mix with an amount of food the cat will eat completely 4. Use a local compounding pharmacy to put the tablet in powder form or capsule form for you.
Answered by: Gary, Dir, of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2010-07-09
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