Glipizide is the most commonly prescribed diabetes medication. Last year, about 24 million Glipizide prescriptions were filled by pharmacies in the U.S. Unfortunately, this very helpful medication causes a number of side effects for some people, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypoglycemia (low blood glucose concentration), flatulence, indigestion, and rash.
Pharmacogenomic testing identifies variations within genes which may affect how a person’s body metabolizes various drugs, including Glipizide. These test results can help the doctor choose the safest and most effective drug and dose for your diabetes management. In some cases, when gastrointestinal side effects are unbearable, the physician can prescribe transdermal Metformin as an alternative and NewSpring Pharmacy can make the Metformin topical cream for you. This helps manage diabetes while avoiding GI side effects (see article above).
Recently, one of our patients who had struggled for a while with gastrointestinal side effects from Glipizide called the pharmacy after reading about topical Metformin on our website. We consulted with his doctor and made the topical Metformin cream for the patient, which solved the long-standing stomach side-effects, to his great relief.