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.
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 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.
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.
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 happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of glipizide overdose include hunger, nausea, anxiety, weakness, drowsiness, unconsciousness, and coma.
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.
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.
2.5mg to 5mg per cat by mouth twice a day with food.
Storage: Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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.
after using 1 bottle of glipizide
my cat had wonderful result. She turn very active as well as eat&sleep well
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.
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!
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!
Wrap it in a small piece of cheese - the cheap slices work fine.
1 year, 11 months ago
Greenie pill pockets are chicken flavored soft wraps that allow you to place a tablet inside to help mask the taste and smell of the medication. You can see them on our web site @ www.1800petmeds.com. As far as your question on giving medication to cats besides using the pill pockets, some tablets can be crushed and mixed into their meal or dissolved in a small amount of liquid, However, this can be a problem if your pet does not finnish all the food,then the correct dose will not be given.Good luck, thanks for the question.
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.
This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian. Note: Any trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
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