Glucophage (generic name: Metformin) is a new drug which is prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The generic drug Metformin is an oral diabetes medication. It works by helping to control blood sugar levels. It helps to regulate the blood sugar levels of diabetics, and works by regulating the levels of insulin produced in the body after eating. Glucophage is prescribed for type 2 diabetes only, as it is not effective in type 1 diabetes. Glucophage is commonly used in conjunction with other diabetes medications such as insulin as part of a treatment program. Patients with diabetes commonly experience symptoms such as blurred vision, cuts/sores which take a long time to heal, itchy skin, yeast infections, leg pain, dry mouth and excessive thirst. Diabetes can be diagnosed by a simple blood test, and if you are diagnosed your doctor will discuss the most effective treatment for your particular condition.
Glucophage Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Glucophage including headache, muscle pain, weakness, mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, swelling, rapid weight gain or fever. There may also be more serious side effects including hypoglycemia, which is a spike in blood sugar levels, as well as severe muscle pain or weakness, feeling cold in the limbs, trouble breathing, feeling dizzy, uneven heartbeat, and a condition called lactic acidosis. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Glucophage to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Glucophage comes in tablet form. You should swallow Glucophage whole with a glass of water. It is usually prescribed to be taken daily. Do not break or crush the tablets as this may cause too much of the drug to be released at once. It may be prescribed as part of a complete diabetes control program. Glucophage should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Glucophage, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including kidney or liver disease or if you have a history of heart disease. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Glucophage, including other diabetic medications, furosemide, nifedipine, cimetidine, amiloride, digoxin, morphine, procainamide, quinidine, trimethoprim and vancomycin. Other medications when used in conjunction with Glucophage may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), so check with your doctor. It is important to know the signs of low blood sugar which can include dizziness, hunger, feeling weak, sweating and shaking. It is also important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Glucophage may cause harm to unborn and new born babies.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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