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Glyciphage 250 MG Tablet 10

Glyciphage 250 MG Tablet 10


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    Uses :

    Metformin hydrochloride is an oral antihyperglycemic drug which helps to reduce blood sugar levels. It is mainly prescribed for the management of type 2 diabetes. It is prescribed either as mono therapy or in combination with other antihyperglycemic drugs. It helps to prevent kidney damage, blindness, and nerve disorders in the diabetic patients. It is also prescribed during the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

    Mode of drug action

    Metformin is an antihyperglycemic agent which is mainly used to treat hyperglycemia. It reduces blood glucose levels by decreasing the glucose absorption from the gastrointestinal tract, improving the insulin sensitivity by increasing the uptake of glucose into muscle, and inhibiting the biosynthesis of glucose from amino acids.

    What are the common side effects?

    The common side effects of metformin are acidity, belching, bloating, heart burn, loss of appetite, metallic taste in mouth, vomiting, weight loss, and stomach pain.


    Pregnancy: Safe under medical guidance Breast feeding: Safe under medical guidance Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required

    Special precautions for safe use

    • Take metformin with meals. Follow the instructions of the physician for safe use.

    • Always keep a source of sugar such as fruit juice, hard candy, crackers, and raisins to reduce the symptoms of hypoglycemia.

    • Patients taking metformin should undergo regular blood glucose monitoring to prevent possible side effects.

    • Long term use of metformin may cause vitamin B12 deficiency resulting in peripheral neuropathy. So, patients taking metformin for more than 6 months should be closely monitored for the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

    • Long term use of metformin causes lactic acidosis, a serious metabolic complication. Therefore, patients who are on long-term metformin therapy should undergo regular monitoring of renal functioning to reduce the risk of lactic acidosis.

    • Avoid taking metformin tablets if you have hypersensitivity to metformin or similar medications.

    • Pregnant and breast-feeding patients should consult the physician before taking metformin as it effects on the fetus and baby are unknown.

    • Metformin is not prescribed to control blood sugar levels in the children younger than 10 years old.

    What else should I know?

    1. What should I do if I miss a dose? If you forget to take the medication at the usual time, you must take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, you must skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.

    2. Are there any storage precautions for metformin? Store the medication at room temperature (25°C) and away from direct heat. Keep the drug out of reach of children.

    3. Should I take vitamin B12 supplements with metformin? Long-term use of metformin may cause vitamin B12 deficiency in few patients. You should consult your doctor and discuss it.

    4. Is metformin effective for the type 1 diabetes? No. Metformin is not effective for the treatment of type 1 or juvenile diabetes.

    5. What are the non-diabetic uses of metformin? Metformin is used to treat PCOS in women. You must discuss with your doctor before taking metformin for the condition.

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