Generic name: Metformin
Brand name: Glucophage, Glucophage XR
Glucophage is a firstly introduced drug for the treatment of type-2 diabetes. Glucophage and Glucophage XR are oral antihyperglymic drugs. Type-2 diabetes is particularly common in overweight people. Glucophage is also used for the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. Some evidences suggested that it may also reduce cardiovascular and cancer complication of diabetes.
Glucophage (Metformin) Uses
It is used in people suffering from type-2 diabetes, used to control high blood sugar that will helps to prevent blurred vision, kidney failure, nerve problems, sexual function problems and loss of limbs. Proper use of Glucophage may help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This will also help to restore the proper response of the body in producing insulin naturally. It will also lower the amount of glucose produced in your liver and that your stomach absorbed. It is taken directly through mouth depending on the dosage prescribed by your doctor. It is important to consult a doctor for the prescription that will rest on the conditions and complications.
Glucophage (Metformin) Side effects
The side effects of drugs affect an individual’s life in many ways that may include some health problems, psychiatric problems and many different. Some very common side effects of Glucophage include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. The common side effects that affect in 1 in 10 individual encompass disturbed taste.
The very rare side effects in less than 1 in 10,000 people are inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), skin rashes like itching, reduced absorption of vitamin B12 in long term use and raised levels of lactic acid in the blood.
Many of the people using Glucophage do not have any side effects. If any of these side effects are getting worsening talk to your health guider. Your pharmacist must judge the benefits and health risk before prescribing.
Glucophage (Metformin) Precautions
This drug contains some allergic ingredients which bring up allergic reactions. If you experience any type of allergic reactions tell you doctor. Before using this medication tell your doctor about the medical problems if you have like blood problems, liver disease, kidney problem, lung disease and severe breathing problems. If you take alcohol lessen it use it may increase the risk of lactic acidosis. It will become harder to control the blood sugar if you have any stress tell your doctor about your stress, increased stress may require a change in treatment strategy. During pregnancy this medication is used only if clearly needed. Consult your doctor about the health complications.
Glucophage (Metformin) Interaction
Drug interactions develop the changes how your medication works and increases the risk of severe side effects. Many of the drugs affect the blood sugar and make it more difficult to control. Talk to your pharmacist about how it will work with other medicines.
Some beta blockers (such as metoprolol, propranolol, glaucoma eye drops such as timolol) when interact with metformin prevent the fast heart beating, and other symptoms of low blood sugar are unaffected by these drugs.