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About Glucophage (Metformin)

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Also known as:  Metformin.

Description

Glucophage is a famous medication which provides treatment type 2 diabetes. Glucophage acts controlling and decreasing glucose (sugar in blood).

Glucophage is oral antihyperglycemic drug from the biguanide class.

Glucophage is also known as Metformin, Phage, Riomet, Fortamet, Glumetza, Obimet, Dianben, Diabex, Diaformin.

Glucophage is not taken to treat type 1 diabetes.

You can normally take insulin while using Glucophage.

Generic name of Glucophage is Metformin.

Brand names of Glucophage are Glucophage XR, Fortamet, Riomet, Glucophage, Glumetza, Diaformin, Diabex.

Dosage

Glucophage is available in:

  • 500mg Min Dosage
  • 850mg Low Dosage
  • 1000mg Standard Dosage

Glucophage can be taken in form of pills and extended-release pills which should be taken by mouth.

It is better to take Glucophage every day at the same time with meal or without it.

Usual Glucophage dosage is taken 2-3 times a day with meals.

Glucophage XR (extended-release tablets) is taken once a day with evening meal.

Take Glucophage and remember that its dosage depends on patient's health state.

Glucophage can't be used by patients under 10 years. Glucophage XR (extended-release tablets) can't be used by patients under 17 years.

It can be dangerous to stop Glucophage taking suddenly.

Missing a dose

In case of dose missing you should take your tablet as soon as you remember. Do not take double dosage. And if it is right time for the next dosage you should continue your regular schedule of Glucophage taking.

Overdosage

Do not take Glucophage tablets in large quantities. In case of Glucophage overdosage, you need to visit doctor or health care provider immediately.

You can experience following symptoms of Glucophage overdosage: coma, dizziness, migraine, fainting, weakness, feeling cold, pain of muscle, retching, flushing, seizure, dyspepsia, fast heartbeat, extreme fatigue, tremors, pain of stomach, sweating, short breath, slow heartbeat, hunger, breathing problems, loss of appetite.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture, light and heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.

Side effects

Glucophage has its side effects. The most common are:

Less common but more serious side effects during taking Glycophage:

  • allergy reactions (urticaria, breathing difficulties, rash, and eruption)
  • pain of chest
  • fever
  • chills
  • symptoms of lactic acidosis (slow heart rate, sleepiness, weakness, short breathing, dizziness, pain of stomach, fainting)
  • weight gain
  • short breathing
  • symptoms of hypoglycemia (dizziness, numbness, mood or behavior changes, clumsy, pale skin, shakiness, nervousness, sweating, tingling around the mouth)
  • body aches
  • symptoms of hyperglycemia (troublesome urination, blurred vision, extreme hunger, weakness, extreme thirst)
  • flu-like symptoms

Side effects manifestations are not only depend on medicine you are taking but also depend on your health state and on the other factors.

Contra-indications

Do not use Glucophage if you are allergic to Glucophage components.

Try to be careful with Glucophage while you are pregnant or have nurseling.

Glucophage can't be used by patients under 10 years. Glucophage XR (extended-release tablets) can't be used by patients under 17 years.

Glucophage is not taken to treat type 1 diabetes.

You can normally take insulin while using Glucophage.

Do not use Glucophage in case of taking probenecid (Benemid); aspirin and other salicylates; sulfa drugs (Bactrim); beta-blockers; monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); allergies, colds, asthma medicines; thyroid medicine (Synthroid); seizure medicines (Dilantin); phenothiazines (Compazine); diet pills; isoniazid; steroids; hormones including birth control pills.

Try to be careful with Glucophage in case of using such medication as morphine (MS Contin, Kadian, Oramorph); quinidine (Cardioquin, Quinidex, Quinaglute); vancomycin (Vancocin, Lyphocin); cimetidine (Tagamet) or ranitidine (Zantac); nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia); procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl, Procanbid); trimethoprim (Proloprim, Primsol, Bactrim, Cotrim, Septra); amiloride (Midamor) or triamterene (Dyrenium); digoxin (Lanoxin); furosemide (Lasix).

Try to avoid Glucophage in case of having lung, kidney, heart or liver disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetic ketoacidosis, or kidney failure.

Try to avoid Glucophage in case you want to undergo an operation (dental or any other), x-ray or CT scan.

Try to avoid unhealthy food.

Glucophage can't be used by patients under 10 years. Glucophage XR (extended-release tablets) can't be used by patients under 17 years.

If you want to achieve most effective results without any side effects you need to avoid alcohol.

It can be dangerous to stop Glucophage taking suddenly.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What does Glucophage mean?

A: Glucophage is efficacious medical preparation in fight against type 2 diabetes.

Q: What are generic and brand names of Glucophage?

A: Generic name of Glucophage is Metformin. Brand names of Glucophage are Glucophage XR, Fortamet, Riomet, Glucophage, Glumetza, Diaformin, Diabex.

Q: In what way does Glucophage operate?

A: Glucophage acts as famous medication which provides treatment type 2 diabetes. Glucophage acts controlling and decreasing glucose (sugar in blood).

Q: Who can't take Glucophage?

A: Glucophage can't be used by patients under 10 years. Glucophage XR (extended-release tablets) can't be used by patients under 17 years.

Q: What is safety information?

A: Glucophage is not taken to treat type 1 diabetes. You can normally take insulin while using Glucophage. Try to avoid Glucophage in case you want to undergo an operation (dental or any other), x-ray or CT scan. Try to avoid unhealthy food. If you want to achieve most effective results without any side effects you need to avoid alcohol. It can be dangerous to stop Glucophage taking suddenly.

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