Glucophage, also known as Metformin is an oral drug that is used by children and adults who suffer from type 2 diabetes. If affected individuals are unable to control their blood sugar by following a strict diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, their doctor may prescribe Glucophage.
Benefits of Glucophage
- Helps to lower blood sugar levels
- May help to clear up acne
- Can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes
How It Works
Glucophage is a type of medication known as an oral hypoglycemic which is used to lower blood sugar. The drug works by preventing the liver from producing as much glucose. The drug can not only treat type 2 diabetes, but often prevent or delay its onset.
You should take Glucophage tablets with food whenever possible as it will reduce the possibility of vomiting and nausea. Most doctors recommend a daily dose of 500mg 3 to 4 times a day up to 850mg 2 to 3 times daily. You should never exceed 2,550mg daily, and you should follow the exact dose prescribed by your doctor. In addition, you should make sure to regularly monitor your blood glucose level on a consistent basis so you can ensure the medication is working properly to control your blood sugar levels.
Possible Side Effects
Taking Glucophage can cause the following side effects which should disappear once you stop taking the drug:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Trouble concentrating
- Cold sweats
- Blurred vision
If you experience muscle cramping or pain, an irregular heartbeat, persistent stomach ache, unusual sleepiness or fast, shallow breathing, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. You should also stop taking Glucophage as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms.