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Medications for Gestational Diabetes
- 95 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) [5.3 mmol/L] or less at fasting
- 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) or less one hour after a meal
- 120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L) or less two hours after a meal
- Metformin (such as, Fortamet, Glucophage)—works in the liver to lower the production of glucose and makes your body more sensitive to insulin
- Glyburide (such as, DiaBeta, Glynase, PresTab)—stimulates the body to make more insulin and helps the cells use the insulin better
- Take your medication as directed. Do not change the amount or the schedule.
- Do not stop taking them without talking to your doctor.
- Do not share them.
- Know what the results and side effects. Report them to your doctor.
- Some drugs can be dangerous when mixed. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if you are taking more than one drug. This includes over the counter medication and herb or dietary supplements.
- Plan ahead for refills so you do not run out.
When to Contact Your Doctor
- Seizures or convulsions
- Recurrent or extreme low blood sugar
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014