What is glipizide ER?
Glipizide ER (generic Glucotrol XL) is the extended release version of Glipizide - a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. Glipizide decreases your body’s blood glucose level and increases its response to the hormone insulin to get your type 2 diabetes under control. Glipizide ER releases the drug more gradually than the instant release formulation. This provides a steadier supply of the medication to your bloodstream and allows you to take it less frequently.
Nearly 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes, a condition characterized by elevated levels of glucose - or sugar - in the blood. If left untreated, elevated glucose levels can wreak havoc on your body, causing kidney damage, eye problems, sexual dysfunction, and more. Doctors prescribe drugs like metformin to help keep patients’ blood glucose - and their diabetes symptoms - in check.