METFORMIN HCL
  • METFORMIN HCL

  • (Generic for GLUCOPHAGE)
  • QTY 120 • 500 MG • Tablet • Near 77381

METFORMIN (met FOR min) is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps to control blood sugar. Treatment is combined with diet and exercise. This medicine can be used alone or with other medicines for diabetes.

METFORMIN HCL Lifestyle Interactions

Metformin Hydrochloride 500mg, Oral tablet

Alcohol

· Severity: Moderate

· Notes for Consumers: Avoid or limit the use of alcohol with metformin, due to an increased risk for side effects. Avoid excessive use of alcohol in any form. Alcoholic beverages can increase the risk of low blood sugar, or can cause increased blood sugar due to the calories in these beverages. Limit alcohol containing medicines and beverages if you are a patient with diabetes. If you use a blood sugar monitoring device, check your blood sugar regularly. Learn the signs and symptoms of high or low blood sugar, and know how you should treat these if they occur. Contact your health care provider immediately if you experience extreme weakness, increasing drowsiness, or difficulty breathing (heavy breathing, shortness of breath) which are symptoms of the more serious side effects of Metformin.

· Notes for Professionals: Patients taking metformin should be advised to limit their use of ethanol (alcohol). Blood lactate concentrations and the lactate to pyruvate ratio are increased during excessive (acute or chronic) intake of alcohol with metformin. Elevated lactic acid concentrations are associated with increased morbidity rates as the risk for lactic acidosis is increased. In patients with diabetes, alcohol intake can also cause hypoglycemia or worsen glycemic control as it provides a source of additional calories. Many non-prescription drug products may be formulated with alcohol; have patients scrutinize product labels prior to consumption.

Metformin Hydrochloride 500mg, Oral tablet

Tobacco

· Severity: Mild

· Notes for Consumers: If you use tobacco or are trying to quit tobacco use, you may need to monitor your blood sugar more frequently. Nicotine, a component of tobacco, can increase the blood sugar. Also, if you are trying to quit smoking, as your body adjusts to not smoking, your blood sugar levels may change; the actions of Antidiabetic Agents (medicines used to treat diabetes) may be increased and this could lead to low blood sugar. Know the symptoms of low or high blood sugar and report them if they occur. Monitor your blood sugar regularly.

· Notes for Professionals: Tobacco smoking is known to aggravate insulin resistance. The cessation of tobacco smoking may result in a decrease in blood glucose. Blood glucose concentrations should be monitored more closely whenever a change in either smoking status occurs; dosage adjustments in antidiabetic agents may be needed.

<b>DISCLAIMER:</b><em> This drug information content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Patients should always consult their physician with any questions regarding a medical condition and to obtain medical advice and treatment. Drug information is sourced from GSDD (Gold Standard Drug Database ) provided by Elsevier.</em>

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