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    What is Metformin used for?

    Metformin is an oral anti-diabetic medicine used to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. It belongs to the class of drugs known as biguanides. This medication is used in combination with a proper diet and exercise program. By controlling high blood sugar, Metformin helps prevent kidney damage, loss of limbs, blindness, sexual function problems, and nerve problems. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Metformin?

    The dosage of Metformin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Metformin with a meal.

    What if you miss a dose of Metformin?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Metformin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Metformin?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Metformin, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Metformin?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Metformin.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Metformin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Metformin can interact with thyroid medicines, beta-blockers, and seizure medicines.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Metformin?

    Like other medicines, Metformin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Metformin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Metformin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Metformin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Metformin can cause side effects such as mild nausea, vomiting, headache, weakness, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Metformin.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Metformin?

    Is it possible for me to take Metformin with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Metformin?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Metformin?
    How will Metformin work in my body?
    How should Metformin be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Metformin drug interactions and side effects?


    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Metformin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2013-01-31
    My prescription is for 180 tablets of Actosplus Met 15-850 for 90 days. But in your site I can place the order for more than 120 pills, please advice. Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Our maximum quantity is 120 tablets only so you cannot place your order directly in our site for more than 120 tablets, So please place your order for 120 tablets of Actoplus-Met 15-850mg (Pioglitazone–Metformin) and kindly mention the quantity you require in the comments column and also mail us to [email protected] or [email protected], so that we will charge for your required quantity and send the same to you.
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2013-01-30
    What is the difference between METFORMIN and METFORMIN RS?thanks Reply
    International Drug Mart
    Hi, 1.Metformin SR means Sustained Release formulation whereas Sustained release of Metformin releases the drug effect slowly in the body. 2.And if you go for plain Metformin, which is an immediate-release formulation and the drug effect would be faster than SR.
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2012-09-11
    i got Glycomet 1000mgm. Can I split it in half in the morning and half at night.since it is scored in the middle and that's the dose I am suppose to take. thanks Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Yes!!! absolutely you can split Glycomet 1000mg (Metformin) in to half tablet so that your dose would be Glycomet 500mg (Metformin) in the morning and in the evening, but our site offers you Metformin 500mg so that you can take our tablet directly in the morning and evening rather than buying Metformin 1000mg and splitting it.
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-12-22
    I am living in China right now. Can you ship the medicines to China? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Yes!!! Absolutely we can ship medicines to China also.
    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-01-04
    Does the SR on the Metformin Mean Slow Release? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, SR means Sustained Release and it's a mechanism used in pills, tablets or capsules to dissolve slowly and release a drug over time.
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