Chlorpropamide (brand names Diabinase and Glucamide) is an anti-diabetic drug in the sulfonylureas class. The drug is used to lower blood sugar by increasing insulin from the pancreas. The drug is used to treat type 2 diabetes. Proper diet, appropriate exercise and insulin therapy also accompany administering of this drug, if found necessary by the health care professional.
Some of the side effects of using chlorpropamide include the following - though there may be other side effects too:
Allergic reactions: Use of this drug may cause certain allergic reactions like "difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives".
Low blood sugar: The use of the drug may cause the condition of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia}, particularly when high dose of chlorpropamide is used and meals are missed. The condition of low blood sugar results into conditions like headache, cold sweats, shaking, pale and/ or cool skin, anxiety and difficulty in concentrating. These conditions require immediate attention.
High blood sugar: The use of the drug may cause the condition of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) resulting into condition of increased thirst, hunger and urination. or high blood sugar has the following symptoms: