It is important to manage blood glucose intensively in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in order to reduce the risk of long-term complications. Oral combination therapy that addresses insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction is a proven means of improving glycaemic control when monotherapy becomes insufficiently effective. Metformin/glibenclamide (glyburide) combination tablets were developed to provide a means of applying this strategy while minimising polypharmacy. This review examines the tolerability profile of this treatment from four double-blind, randomised clinical trials in a total of 2342 type 2 diabetic patients with hyperglycaemia despite treatment with diet and exercise, a sulphonylurea or metformin. Treatment with combination tablets was associated with markedly superior blood glucose control, at lower doses of metformin and glibenclamide, compared with monotherapies. The incidence of symptoms of hypoglycaemia varied between dosages and trials, though the incidence of severe or biochemically confirmed hypoglycaemia or withdrawals from clinical trials for this reason was consistently low and comparable with glibenclamide alone. No patient required third-party assistance for hypoglycaemia. Significantly fewer diet-failed patients receiving low-dose combination tablets reported gastrointestinal adverse effects compared with metformin alone, with a comparable incidence between metformin and combination tablets in post-monotherapy studies. The incidence of other adverse events, including serious adverse events, was similar for combination tablets and monotherapies. The lower doses of metformin and glibenclamide with the combination tablet approach, and the design of the combination tablets themselves, may underlie the beneficial tolerability profile of this treatment.
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A total of 1856 patients from three randomized, double-blind, multicentre, parallel-group clinical trials were stratified at baseline according to HbA1C (< 8% or > or = 8%), age (< 65 years or > or = 65 years) and body mass index (BMI; < 28 kg/m2 or > or = 28 kg/m2). The effects of study treatments on HbA1C and the incidence of hypoglycaemic symptoms were determined in each subgroup.
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The objective of the study is to compare adherence of a FDC [Glucovance, a FDC of metformin and glyburide] to a 2-pill regimen.
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Type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease. Oral antidiabetic monotherapies directly address only one defect as their primary mechanism of action, and do not control blood glucose sufficiently well to meet current glycaemic targets. In consequence, most patients need combination therapy within a few years. However, the co-administration of two or more oral antidiabetic drugs may render treatment regimens difficult to follow. Combining oral antidiabetic agents into a single tablet provides a means of intensifying antidiabetic therapy while supporting good patient compliance. An insulin sensitiser and an insulin secretagogue represent a rational oral antidiabetic combination, as they address the dual endocrine defects of insulin resistance and impaired beta-cell function in type 2 diabetes. Nevertheless, the components of a combination tablet must be carefully chosen. Metformin (an insulin sensitiser) and glibenclamide (an insulin secretagogue) are well supported by decades of clinical evidence, and the pharmacokinetics of these agents support twice-daily co-administration. The final technical challenge is to optimise their delivery within a single-tablet combination. A recently-introduced metformin-glibenclamide combination tablet (Glucovance) has been extensively studied in well-designed clinical trials, where it has been shown to be more effective than its component monotherapies in controlling fasting and postprandial glycaemia. This treatment provides a case study in the development of a single-tablet oral antidiabetic combination, in terms of the pharmacokinetic issues facing the development of this preparation, and the implications of the pharmacokinetic properties of the components of the combination tablet on their pharmacodynamic actions and risk-benefit profile.
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Intensive management of Type 2 DM with a new metformin-glibenclamide combination tablet improved glycaemic control and facilitated the attainment of glycaemic targets at lower doses of metformin or glibenclamide compared with the respective monotherapies, without compromising tolerability.
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Type 2 diabetes mellitus is associated with abnormal MBF response to CPT, which can be significantly improved by euglycaemic control with glyburide and metformin. The close association between the decrease in plasma glucose concentration and the improvement in coronary vasomotor function in response to CPT suggests a direct adverse effect of raised plasma glucose concentration on diabetes-related coronary vascular disease.
To compare the effects of two different formulations of glibenclamide (glyburide) combined with metformin on postprandial glucose excursions, and to assess their pharmacokinetics. The formulations were a combination glibenclamide/metformin tablet (Glucovance; controlled-particle-size glibenclamide and metformin) versus glibenclamide (Micronase) and metformin (Glucophage) coadministered separately.
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In patients with inadequate glycemic control despite established glyburide/metformin therapy, the addition of rosiglitazone improves glycemic control, allowing more patients to achieve an HbA1C level <7% and perhaps delaying the need for insulin treatment.
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In patients on monotherapy or on dual oral therapy with inadequate control, changing to a glyburide/metformin combination preparation may improve glucose control.
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Glyburide/metformin combination therapy reduced hemoglobin A levels from 0.087 to 0.083 (P < 0.06). Significant reductions were seen in those patients with initial levels higher than 0.08 (0.094 to 0.087; P < 0.01). No significant reductions were seen in those patients with initial levels lower than 0.08.
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The combination treatments were more effective than either monotherapy irrespective of baseline HbA1C, age or BMI in each trial. Antihyperglycaemic effects were greater in patients with HbA1C > or = 8% at baseline, especially with the combinations. The majority of hypoglycaemic symptoms with glibenclamide-containing treatments occurred in patients with HbA1C < 8% at baseline. Neither age nor BMI had a marked effect on the efficacy of the combination treatments, and there was no increase in hypoglycaemic symptoms in older patients.
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The aim of the present study was to describe the mechanism by which the combination glyburide/metformin exerts its additive hypoglycemic effects. This is a double-blind, randomized and crossover clinical trial. Patients (n = 20) were included in a run-in period of 8 weeks in which an isocaloric diet was prescribed. If they did not achieve the treatment goals (n = 15), they received glyburide, metformin or combined treatment for 10 weeks each using three possible sequences. The dosage was adjusted to reach fasting plasma glucose (FPG) < 7.7 mmol/l. Treatment periods were separated by a 6-12 week washout period. At the beginning and the end of every treatment, insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion were measured by means of a minimal model and an oral glucose tolerance test. All treatment periods were completed by 12 cases. The glycemic goal was reached in 1 case during metformin, in 5 during glyburide and in 10 during the combination. The greatest reduction in HbA1c was achieved during the combination (HbA1c 11 +/- 1.6 vs 9.8 +/- 1.9 vs 9.0 +/- 2.1% for metformin, glyburide and the combination, p < 0.001). Increased insulin secretion was the explanation for the additive effects of the combination (percentual change in acute insulin response during the minimal model = 5.8 vs 51.5 vs 88.2% for metformin, glyburide and the combination, p < 0.05). No change in insulin sensitivity resulted from the treatments. In conclusion, the additive hypoglycemic effects of the combination glyburide/metformin was caused by increased insulin secretion.
The results of this study suggest that in type 2 diabetic patients with an A1C >or=8%, switching from coadministration of a sulfonylurea plus metformin to combination glyburide-metformin tablets may provide an improvement in glycemic control in the range of a 1.2 to 1.4 absolute percentage point decrease in A1C. A randomized, prospective trial comparing these 2 methods of treatment is needed, however, to determine the precise effect provided by the unique formulation of glyburide in the glyburide-metformin tablet.
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The FDC enhanced adherence rates by approximately 13% when compared to a 2-pill regimen.
This exploratory double-blind, randomised, 20-week study evaluated the mechanism of action of metformin-glibenclamide combination tablets (Glucovance) vs. metformin and glibenclamide in 50 type 2 diabetes patients inadequately controlled by diet and exercise. A glycaemic target of HbA1C 7.0% was used. Final HbA(1C), fasting glucose and post-oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) glucose were similar between groups, although average doses of metformin and glibenclamide from combination tablets (708 and 3.5 mg) were lower than monotherapy doses (1500 and 6.6 mg). Second-phase insulin during a hyperglycaemic clamp increased by 93% with combination tablets, 36% with metformin and 46% with glibenclamide. The insulin response post-OGTT was more rapid with the combination tablets vs. glibenclamide. First-phase insulin responses improved modestly in all groups, possibly due to reduced glucotoxicity. Changes in insulin sensitivity were minor. Larger beta-cell responses between combination tablets and glibenclamide may reflect more rapid glibenclamide absorption.
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Type 2 diabetes mellitus is the consequence of both insulin resistance and impaired insulin secretion. In the progression from normal glucose tolerance to diabetes, postprandial glucose (PPG) levels often rise before fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels increase above 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L). Numerous epidemiologic studies have shown that impaired glucose tolerance is associated with increased risk for macrovascular disease and that isolated postchallenge hyperglycemia is an independent factor for increased mortality. Reducing the risk for microvascular complications by improving glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA(1c)) levels is well documented. Emerging data now support the relationship between glycemic control and macrovascular disease. Epidemiologic studies documenting postprandial hyperglycemia and the risk for increased mortality suggest that lowering PPG levels might be beneficial. Optimizing both FPG and PPG is important in achieving normal/near-normal glucose levels. Many patients with type 2 diabetes have difficulty attaining the recommended HbA(1c) goal despite normal/near-normal FPG levels; thus, pharmacologic treatment targeting PPG levels may prove beneficial.
A randomised, double-blind, two-way crossover study in which patients with type 2 diabetes received either glibenclamide/metformin 2.5/500mg tablets or glibenclamide 2.5mg with metformin 500mg twice daily for 14 days. After a 2-week washout, patients were crossed over to the other treatment for 14 days. Patients consumed standardised meals on the days when pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic evaluations were performed.
Using nationwide administrative Danish registries, we followed all individuals without prior stroke or myocardial infarction who initiated metformin and an IS from 1997 through 2009. Rate ratios (RR) of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular death, and a composite of myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiovascular death were compared between user groups using time-dependent multivariable Poisson regression models. The most common combination, glimepiride+metformin, was used as reference.
The addition of repaglinide to metformin therapy resulted in reductions of HbA(1c) and FPG values that were significantly greater than the reductions observed for addition of nateglinide.
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Two-hour postprandial glucose excursion (PPGE) was used to assess postprandial glucose dynamics.
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Oral antidiabetic combination therapy is a proven means of establishing glycaemic control in the hyperglycaemic, Type 2 diabetic patient, but co-administering two oral antidiabetic agents separately may hinder compliance with therapy. A new single-tablet of glyburide/metformin combination therapy (Glucovance), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Inc.) has recently been developed, which addresses the primary defects of Type 2 diabetes: beta-cell dysfunction and insulin resistance. The glyburide/metformin tablet, taken with meals, is designed to optimise the absorption of glyburide and to address the postprandial glucose rise. Glyburide/metformin tablets are more effective in controlling fasting and postprandial glycaemia than its component monotherapies, at lower doses of metformin and glyburide compared with monotherapy because of the synergy between its glyburide and metformin components. Moreover, a double-blind study showed that glyburide/metformin tablets are more effective than a free combination of glyburide co-administered with metformin in controlling postprandial glucose. Retrospective analyses suggested that glyburide/metformin tablets control glycated haemoglobin (A1C) more effectively than a free combination of glyburide co-administered with metformin, at lower mean doses of glyburide and metformin. The incidence of side effects is lower than separate component therapy for any given A1C. Glyburide/metformin tablets are an effective option for optimising the control of blood glucose in Type 2 diabetic patients and appear to enhance adherence to therapy.
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Compared to 2-pill therapy, a FDC resulted in important increases in patient adherence. Economic analyses are warranted to determine whether the clinical benefits attributable to the adherence gains are worth the incremental cost of a FDC.
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Longitudinal data from a large claims database were used to assess adherence from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2001. Propensity scoring methods were used to mitigate concerns related to non-random assignment of patients to treatments.
To assess the efficacy and safety of adding rosiglitazone to an established regimen of glyburide/metformin in patients with type 2 diabetes who had not achieved adequate glycemic control (glycosylated hemoglobin [HbA1C] levels >7.0% and < or =10.0%).
Final HbA(1c) values were lower for repaglinide/metformin treatment than for nateglinide/metformin (7.1 vs. 7.5%). Repaglinide/metformin therapy showed significantly greater mean reductions of HbA(1c) (-1.28 vs. -0.67%; P < 0.001) and of fasting plasma glucose (FPG) (-39 vs. -21 mg/dl; P = 0.002). Self-monitoring of blood glucose profiles were significantly lower for repaglinide/metformin before breakfast, before lunch, and at 2:00 A.M. Changes in the area under the curve of postprandial glucose, insulin, or glucagon peaks after a test meal were not significantly different for the two treatment groups during this study. Median final doses were 5.0 mg/day for repaglinide and 360 mg/day for nateglinide. Safety assessments were comparable for the two regimens.
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In patients with type 2 diabetes, glibenclamide/metformin resulted in lower PPGE, suggesting that the higher glibenclamide AUC(3) observed with this formulation may contribute to better postprandial glycaemic control than is attained by glibenclamide plus metformin separately.
To evaluate the efficacy and incidence of hypoglycaemic symptoms associated with fixed combinations of metformin and glibenclamide (glyburide in the USA) formulated within a single tablet (tablet strengths 250 mg/1.25 mg, 500 mg/2.5 mg and 500 mg/5 mg), in comparison with metformin 500 mg and glibenclamide 2.5-5 mg monotherapy, in clinically important patient subgroups within the type 2 diabetic population.
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Decreases in glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and FPG were greater (P < 0.05) for metformin-glibenclamide 500 mg/2.5 mg (-1.20% and -2.62 mmol/l) and 500 mg/5 mg (-0.91% and -2.34 mmol/l), compared with metformin (-0.19% and -0.57 mmol/l) or glibenclamide (-0.33% and -0.73 mmol/l). HbA1c < 7% was achieved by 75% and 64% of patients receiving metformin-glibenclamide 500 mg/2.5 mg and 500 mg/5 mg, respectively, compared with 42% for glibenclamide and 38% for metformin (P = 0.001). These benefits were achieved at lower mean doses of metformin or glibenclamide with metformin-glibenclamide 500 mg/2.5 mg and 500 mg/5 mg (1225 mg/6.1 mg and 1170 mg/11.7 mg) than with glibenclamide (13.4 mg) or metformin (1660 mg). Treatment-related serious adverse events occurred in two patients receiving glibenclamide. Plasma lipid profiles were unaffected and mean changes in body weight were < or = 1.0 kg.
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To evaluate the efficacy and safety of two dosage strengths of a single-tablet metformin-glibenclamide (glyburide) combination, compared with the respective monotherapies, in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) inadequately controlled by metformin monotherapy.