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What is the difference between Glipizide, Gliclazide and Metformin?

Thursday, 16 November 2006
Answered by: Dr. (Col.) Surender Kumar
Senior Consultant & Head, Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism,
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital,
New Delhi
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Q. What is the difference in the function of Glipizide, Gliclazide and Metformin in controlling glucose levels? In the market medicines are available in combination. Are these effective? Is there a side effect of these medicines from sex point of view like erectile dysfunction?

A.  Metformin belongs to a different group than other 2 drugs. Metformin is insulin sensitiser and other 2 produce insulin from pancreas. They don't have any side effect as such, but need to be taken under care of physician. They don't affect erectile function.

A.  Metformin belongs to a different group than other 2 drugs. Metformin is insulin sensitiser and other 2 produce insulin from pancreas. They don't have any side effect as such, but need to be taken under care of physician. They don't affect erectile function.

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