Metformin (Glucophage) Drug Uses, Doses, Side Effects & Information | RetailMeNot Rx Saver

Metformin, Generic for Glucophage

Metformin is used to improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. It is an oral medication that helps control blood sugar levels.


Metformin is used for:

Metformin is used to control blood sugar levels for those with type 2 diabetes. It can sometimes be used in combination with insulin or other medications, but is not used to treat type 1 diabetes.


How to use Metformin:

Before using Metformin, be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medicine. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.

Consider the following before using Metformin:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Metformin or any other medications. You should make your physician aware of any other allergies, such as foods, allergies to dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Pediatric

There is no evidence that suggests there are pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of metformin oral solution and tablets in children ages 10 to 16. However, safety and efficacy of Metformin extended-release tablets in children have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies to correlate the relationship of age to the effects of Metformin haven’t been performed in the geriatric population, geriatric-specific problems are not expected to limit the usefulness of Metformin in the elderly. However, older patients are more likely to have age-related kidney problems.

Pregnancy and Breast Feeding

Adequate studies show no evidence of risk to the fetus during pregnancy. Studies show that Metformin poses minimal risk to the infant when used during breastfeeding. Consult your doctor before using Metformin while pregnant or breast-feeding.

Other Medical Issues

The presence of certain medical problems may affect the use of Metformin. Consult with your doctor before taking Metformin if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Severe breathing problems (severe asthma, obstructive lung disease)
  • Blood problems (anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease

Instructions for use:

Use Metformin as directed by your doctor Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Metformin is taken by mouth, with food.
  • Do not miss any doses. Be sure to continue taking Metformin, even if you feel well.
  • If you missed a dose, take on as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. In this case wait to take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take an extra dose to make up for the missed one.
  • Store Metformin in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Metformin Side Effects:

Side effects can exist in all medicines, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If any of these common side effects persist or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

Common Metformin Side Effects

  • Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Weight Loss
Major Side Effects

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Metformin:

  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Stomach Pain
  • Slow or uneven heart rate
  • Trouble breathing
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed

Metformin Prices:

Prices are for prescriptions for 60 tablets of 500 mg:

Metformin: $4.00

Glucophage: $65.03


Metformin Drug Images:

Metformin 500 MG Tablet

Metformin 500 MG Tablet

Metformin 850 MG Tablet

Metformin 850 MG Tablet

Metformin 500 MG ER

Metformin 500 MG ER

Metformin 750 MG ER

Metformin 750 MG ER

Metformin Alternatives:

Pioglitazone (generic for Actos)
Sitagliptin (generic for Januvia)
Canagliflozin (generic for Invokana)


Metformin Patent Information:

Generic drugs don’t require patents, only brand name do. Glucophage had its patent expire in January of 2002.


Metformin Warnings:

Before taking Metformin, discuss any allergies you may have with your doctor. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which could possible cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Discuss your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, before taking Metformin. Inform them especially of: severe breathing problems, blood problems, kidney disease, liver disease.

Limit alcohol use while taking Metformin, as it can increase your risk of lactic acidosis and developing low blood sugar.

It is possible that older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially low blood sugar, lactic acidosis.

Metformin can cause changes in menstrual cycles, as it promotes ovulation, which can increase the risk of becoming pregnant. Consult your doctor about a reliable form of birth control to use while taking Metformin.

Metformin passes into breast milk in small amounts, but is possible low risk to infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


If Overdose of Metformin is Suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Metformin:

Metformin should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Metformin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.