K Met 500 MG Tablet 10
Metformin 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 for 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, improves the insulin sensitivity by increasing the uptake of glucose into muscle, and inhibits biosynthesis of glucose from amino acids.
What are the common side effects?
The common side effects reported for metformin are acidity, belching, blotting, heart burn, loss of appetite, metallic taste in mouth, vomiting, weight loss, and stomach pain. In rare cases patients have reported to have abnormal stools, joint pain, flu-like symptoms, runny nose, sneezing, swollen joints and discoloration of finger nails or toe nails.
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
• K Met is usually prescribed for type 2 diabetes patients. This condition can be well managed when planned diet and exercising is combined with medications.
• K Met should not be taken for 2 days following surgery or a radiological test performed using dyes.
• K Met should be taken after meals. This is to avoid indigestion, nausea, or diarrhea.
• Heartbeat, sweating, cool pale skin, tiredness, headache, and nausea are some of the alarming symptoms of low sugar levels. Have quick-acting sugar sources with you if you experience any of these symptoms.
• Avoid alcohol while on K Met as it increases the risk of severe low blood sugar.
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 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 about it. Do not take vitamin B12 supplements without your physician’s prescription.
4. Is metformin effective for the type 1 diabetes? No. metformin is not effective for the treatment of type 1 or juvenile diabetes
5. Can I take any other medications along with metformin? You must discuss with your doctor before taking any other medications.