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Gestational Diabetes & Glyburide

Posted by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:26 PM
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 I just found out I have GD again. In the past, I was able to control it w/ diet, but this time, my fasting #s are over 100 everyday , so I was put on Glyburide. Anyone else have this problem?

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Jennasmom08
by on Dec. 14, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Sorry you have to take meds for it. I just went to the Endo today, my numbers are good so far, and I don't have to go back for 4 weeks unless I notice they are getting high. Good Luck!

melissa1208
by Member on Dec. 14, 2009 at 8:19 PM

 Thank you! I'm just so nervous about having to take meds for it. I never had to do that before & the pharmacist kinda freaked me out cuz she asked if my Dr. knew I was pregnant. So it raised a flag. Thank goodness I have to go to the Diabetes counselor tomorrow.

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mama2mycuties
by Member on Dec. 16, 2009 at 12:44 AM

What dose are you taking? I've had to go on it this time, last preg i controlled my gd by diet too, I did take glyburide the last 2wks, my doc said my body just couldn't do it this time. I'm still having problems though and am going to a specialist right after xmas. I'm taking 2.5 in the morning and 2.5 in the afternoon....i was doing 5 mg in the morning and it bottomed me out i went to take a nap and barely woke up my sugar was in the 40's, shaking, sweating and stuff......it was terrifying. So back I go to the 2.5 twice a day and that's just not doing it either so not sure what I'm left with for options.....it sucks and i'm so tired of it.

The side effects of taking it worry me also......I'm one of those that won't take any meds during preg....no tylenol, cold meds, stuff for nausea......nothing unless its like absolutely necessary so taking these pills is completely against what i believe in. But I have the disadvantage of having volunteered with women who had gd and didn't believe in it so didn't keep it under control during their preg and the outcomes weren't good...........so the fear of what can happen really outweighs the risks of the pills for me. Maybe talk with your doc, I don't know what other options there really are hopefully the gd counselor will have some help for you.

melissa1208
by Member on Dec. 16, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I'm on 2.5 at dinner time cuz my fastings are around 120 every morning. What could happen if you don't treat it? I mean besides the risk of having a large baby? What freaked me out was my pharmacist asked me if my Dr. knew I was pregnant. When I told her it was my OB that prescribed it, she asked again if she knew I was pregnant b/c this drug is not usually prescribed for pg women. I called my Dr. yesterday just to be on the safe side & she laughed & told me it was completely safe. I'm going back to the Dr. on Monday so they can evaluate the dosage. Thank you so much for your input! 

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mama2mycuties
by Member on Dec. 16, 2009 at 3:10 PM

It's a class C drug, meaning there really is no way to know whether or not it could have a negative effect on baby because of course they don't allow testing on preg. women. It's similiar to taking things like Sudafed, tylenol, benedryl for a cold during pregnancy. Not completely safe but the benefits outweigh the risks the majority of the time.
High blood sugar, gestational diabetes, can have several negative effects on baby during pregnancy......one of which is the baby being larger than normal storing up fat during the last few weeks of preg.....this can cause baby to bottom out hours after delivery, their blood sugar to drop dramatically and complications and death are possilbe. I knew a woman on here that ignored the fact that she had gd during preg....she delivered at home unassisted, which is great i have no problems with that, but because she refused to believe in gd she didn't research signs and symptoms and ways to deal with a baby born with gd....because sometimes they need special care and treatment after birth. Baby was born and within hours was lethargic almost comatose, pale, wouldn't eat......her dh talked her finally into going to the hospital and still she denied what was happening when they suggested they needed to treat baby for gd.......he nearly died by the time she allowed them to help......she's very thankful now she did though and he is thriving and fine :) So a happy ending!

I don't like to scare people so I won't get into it much but stillbirth is a complication of gd, and although its not something that happens regularly I've seen it firsthand enough to know that its not too far fetched to just blow off the risks. Its important to keep your blood sugars under control and to follow the diet plan. During the last weeks of preg. your OB should send you for several non-stress tests every week....I was going every 2 days...to monitor babies heart rate and activity. There are signs they can look for to indicate a problem. I started showing signs of fetal stress and other problems during my last preg. so i was induced a few days before my dd. Having gd can also increase the risk of high blood pressure and pre-e.....stress can also cause spikes in your numbers so try to rest and relax as much as possible, more so than with a normal pregnancy. Which i know isn't easy if you have other little ones running around like i do :)

Good luck I hope I didn't scare you, that's def. not my intention I just take having gd very seriously......I hope your numbers stay good!

Quoting melissa1208:

I'm on 2.5 at dinner time cuz my fastings are around 120 every morning. What could happen if you don't treat it? I mean besides the risk of having a large baby? What freaked me out was my pharmacist asked me if my Dr. knew I was pregnant. When I told her it was my OB that prescribed it, she asked again if she knew I was pregnant b/c this drug is not usually prescribed for pg women. I called my Dr. yesterday just to be on the safe side & she laughed & told me it was completely safe. I'm going back to the Dr. on Monday so they can evaluate the dosage. Thank you so much for your input! 


sweetjessa
by Member on Dec. 16, 2009 at 4:15 PM

I wish i could just take a oral meds for mine with my last pregnancy I was just GD and i took insulin  but after pregnancy i stayed diabetic and DS was fine this pregnancy i was on metformin before pregnancy but not a safe drug while pregnant they have me on 2 types of insulin one with food and one for bed so much fun blah good luck just remember it could be worse

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melissa1208
by Member on Dec. 17, 2009 at 7:45 AM

Thank you all so much. I took the glyburide for the 1st time last nite & my sugar dropped to 60. This is crazy! I guess I am going to call the  Dr. this morning. Very scary!

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mama2mycuties
by Member on Dec. 18, 2009 at 12:10 AM

yikes, thats not good....they do have a 1.25 dose or may have you switch to insulin....what did the doc say? hope you're doing better now!

Quoting melissa1208:

Thank you all so much. I took the glyburide for the 1st time last nite & my sugar dropped to 60. This is crazy! I guess I am going to call the  Dr. this morning. Very scary!


melissa1208
by Member on Dec. 18, 2009 at 8:04 AM

The Dr. told me to take it again & see what happens. This time it dropped to 58, but for some reason  didn't feel as bad when it happened. Maybe because I was expecting it. She said if it did happen again, to call today & we'll have to figure something else out. The only thing that bothers me is my fasting #s are still in the 100 range. UGH!

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mama2mycuties
by Member on Dec. 18, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I'm not having any luck either.....my numbers are just not good...I could starve myself and they are still high. I have an appt on monday and will probably get switched to insulin :( I do not know how the heck I will handle that, it will be a whole new experience giving myself a shot lol

Quoting melissa1208:

The Dr. told me to take it again & see what happens. This time it dropped to 58, but for some reason  didn't feel as bad when it happened. Maybe because I was expecting it. She said if it did happen again, to call today & we'll have to figure something else out. The only thing that bothers me is my fasting #s are still in the 100 range. UGH!


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