1. What Diactin is and what it is used for?
DIACTIN (Glipizide) is an oral blood glucose lowering drug of the sulfonylurea class which causes hypoglycaemia by stimulating release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells and by increasing the sensitivity of peripheral tissues to insulin.
DIACTIN (Glipizide) is indicated as an adjunct to diet for the control of hyperglycaemia and its associated symptomatology in the treatment of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM; type II) when diet modification has not been proved effective on its own. In certain patients who are receiving insulin, the concurrent use of Glipizide would allow a reduction in the daily dose of insulin.

Use of Glipizide must be viewed by both the physician and patient as a treatment in addition to diet and not as a substitute for diet or as a convenient mechanism for avoiding dietary restraint. Furthermore, short term administration may be required if diet control alone results in transient control of blood glucose level. During maintenance, if satisfactory lowering of blood glucose is no longer achieved, use of Glipizide should be discontinued.

2. Before you take Diactin

Diactin (Glipizide) is contraindicated in the following conditions:

  1. Patients who are hypersensitive to Glipizide.
  2. Juvenile onset diabetes.
  3. Severe or unstable ‘brittle’ diabetes.
  4. Diabetes complicated by ketosis and acidosis, major surgery, severe sepsis or severe trauma.
  5. Severe renal, hepatic or thyroid impairment, co-existent renal and hepatic disease.

Hypoglycaemia: All sulfonylurea drugs are capable of producing severe hypoglycaemia. Proper patient selection,dosage and instructions are important to avoid hypoglycaemic episodes. Renal or hepatic insufficiency may cause elevated blood levels of Glipizide and the latter may also diminish gluconeogenic capacity, both of which increase the risk of serious hypoglycaemic reactions. Elderly, debilitated or malnourished patients and those with adrenal or pituitary insufficiency are particularly susceptible to the hypoglycaemic actions of glucose lowering drugs.
Renal and Hepatic Disease: The metabolism and excretion of Glipizide may be slowed in patients with impaired renal and/or hepatic function. These patients may suffer from prolonged hypoglycaemia and appropriate measures should be instituted.
Loss of Control of Blood Glucose: When a patient stabilized on any antidiabetic regimen is exposed to stress such as fever, trauma, infection or surgery, a loss of control of blood glucose may occur. At such times it may be necessary to discontinue Glipizide and administer insulin.

3. How to take Diactin?
Like any other oral hypoglycaemic agent, dosage of DIACTIN (Glipizide) is not fixed and may be adjusted through periodic monitoring of blood glucose level.
Short term administration of Glipizide may be sufficient during periods of transient loss of control of blood glucose in patients, usually controlled well on diet.
In general, Glipizide should be given approximately 30 minutes before a meal to achieve the maximum reduction in postprandial hyperglycaemia.
Initial Dose: The recommended starting dose is 5 mg, given before breakfast. Geriatric patients or those with liver disease may be started on 2.5 mg.
Dosage adjustments: Dosage adjustment may be done at intervals of several days by an increment of 2.5-5 mg, as determined by blood glucose response. If response to a single dose is not satisfactory, dividing that dose might prove effective. The maximum recommended once daily dose is 15 mg. Doses above 15 mg should ordinarily be divided and given before meals of adequate caloric content. The maximum recommended total daily dose is 40 mg.
Maintenance: Some patients may be effectively controlled on a once daily regimen, while others show better response with divided dosing. Total daily doses above 15 mg should ordinarily be divided. Total daily dose above 30 mg have been safely given on b.i.d. basis to long term patients. Patients can usually be stabilized on a dosage ranging from 2.5 to 30 mg daily.
In elderly, debilitated or malnourished patients, and patients with impaired renal or hepatic function, the initial and maintenance dosing should be conservative to avoid hypoglycaemic reactions.
Patients Receiving Insulin
Many stable non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients receiving insulin may be safely placed on Glipizide if the physician decides to do so.
Patients receiving other oral hypoglycaemic agents
As with other sulfonylurea, no transition period is necessary while transferring patients to Glipizide. Patients should be observed carefully for any possible hypoglycaemic effect due to overlapping of drug effects.

4. Possible side effects
The majority of side effects have been dose related, transient, and responded to dose reduction or withdrawal of the medication.
Hypoglycaemia: See “Precautions” and “Overdosage” section.
Gastro-intestinal: Gastro-intestinal complaints were reported with the following approximate incidences : nausea, diarrhoea, constipation and gastralgia.They appear to be dose related and usually disappear on division or reduction of dosage.
Cholestatic jaundice may occur rarely with these kind of drugs and Glipizide should be discontinued if this occurs.
Dermatological: Allergic skin reactions including erythema, morbilliform or maculopapular eruption, urticaria,pruritus and eczema have been reported. They frequently disappear with continued therapy. However, if they persist, the drug should be discontinued.
Haematologic: Leukopenia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia, haemolytic anaemia, aplastic anaemia and pancytopenia have been reported with sulfonylureas.
Metabolic: Hepatic porphyria and disulfiram like reactions have been reported with sulfonylurea.
Endocrine Reactions: Cases of hyponatraemia and the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) secretion have been reported with this and other sulfonylureas.
Miscellaneous: Dizziness, drowsiness and headache have each been reported in patients treated with Glipizide. They are usually transient and seldom require discontinuation of therapy.

5. How to store Diactin?
Store below 25°C.

Diactin Prescribing Information