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Glucophage (metformin) is an antidiabetic treatment for use in type 2 diabetes. The medication reduces levels of glucose in the blood. Its effectiveness, ease of use, and low cost has made it one of the most widely-used diabetes treatments in the world.
As with all diabetes treatments, eating an appropriate diet and engaging in regular exercise will further enhance results, and in some case are effective enough to eliminate the need for medication altogether.
This medication takes three approaches to lowering glucose levels:
In ideal cases, with reduced glucose entering the bloodstream, naturally-occurring insulin will be sufficient to keep blood sugar levels within normal ranges. The medication does not replace insulin, and should not be used as a substitute in persons with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. Glucophage alone may not be sufficient in all type 2 diabetics, and other medications may be needed in addition, such as insulin or exenatide.
This product provides a number of benefits over other diabetes treatments:
While dangerous side effects are extremely unlikely, about 50 percent of patients do experience mild gastrointestinal effects, including nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and so forth. In most cases these symptoms fade away as treatment continues; but some individuals find they do not. If side effects are persistent, taking Glucophage MR instead of regular tablets may resolve the issue.
Dosage & Administration
The medication is easy to take once the ideal dosage has been discovered. Patients are typically started on low doses, gradually increased if needed:
Slowly increasing dosage levels allows the body to adjust to treatment, reducing the severity of stomach-related side effects. Glucose levels should be checked frequently whenever dosage is adjusted, as well as during times of illness or stress. Because the medication doesn't actually add insulin, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is very unlikely with Glucophage alone even at higher-than-necessary doses, but it may be a concern if other medications are being taken.
Treatment typically continues indefinitely, unless lifestyle changes are sufficient to control the condition.
Warnings Before Use
Individuals with a history of kidney or liver issues, cardiac problems, or severe respiratory conditions should discuss risks with a doctor before use; the medication may produce dangerous side effects in these cases.
It is generally accepted that Glucophage should not be used in children under 10; since it passes through breast milk, this includes nursing infants. Safety in pregnancy is somewhat disputed; parents should discuss potential risks with a trusted doctor before use.
In addition to other diabetes medications, Glucophage may interact with other prescription and non-prescription drugs, causing unexpected side effects or reducing effectiveness. Talk to a pharmacist before mixing treatments if unsure of the consequences.
As mentioned above, this product is not a substitute for insulin in type 1 diabetes.
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Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.
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