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Glucophage Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Glucophage® is a medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. This medicine lowers blood sugar and also helps your body to use insulin more efficiently. You can also used this medication with other medicine to treat diabetes. Generic metformin tablets are available.

Glucophage Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is one 500-milligram tablet twice a day, and you should be taken with morning and evening meals.
  • For children 10 to 16 years old, the usual starting dose is one 500-milligram tablet twice a day with meals. Your doctor may also be increased dosage by 500 milligrams at weekly intervals up to a maximum of 2,000 milligrams daily.

Uses of Glucophage

  • Glucophage is used to regulate blood glucose levels.
  • It is also used to treat non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

Side Effects of Glucophage

Before taken Glucophage medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Glucophage. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

Warnings and precautions before taking Glucophage

  • If you develop kidney problems while you are taking Glucophage, then you should tell your doctor. Because your doctor will discontinue Glucophage.
  • You should also be avoided drinking too much alcohol while you are taking Glucophage. Because heavy drinking may increases the danger of lactic acidosis.
  • If your blood sugar becomes unstable due to the stress of a fever, injury, infection, or surgery, then you should tell your doctor. Because it may temporarily take you off Glucophage.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Glucophage with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Glucophage with the following:

  • Amiloride
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Cimetidine
  • Digoxin
  • Estrogens such as Premarin
  • Furosemide
  • Glyburide
  • Isoniazid
  • Morphine
  • Niacin
Overdose

After taken Glucophage if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Glucophage overdose may include:

  • Sickness
  • Weakness
  • Sore or aching muscles
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unusual drowsiness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Unusual or unexplained stomach upset


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