Glyciphage 500mg tablets are used to control blood sugar levels. It is prescribed for people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes and are unable to get the sugar levels under control with diet and exercise. It is given to newly diagnosed patients and those for whom no other medication works. Metformin is also given to people who have Type 1 diabetes, which is an insulin dependent diabetes. In the case of Type 1 diabetes, it is given along with insulin because in some cases insulin alone is not sufficient to control sugar levels.
Dosage And Administration
Glyciphage 500mg tablets should be taken only when prescribed by a physician. It can be taken once, twice or even thrice every day. To prevent any stomach problems, you are advised to take it just after a meal with a glass of water. Your blood sugar levels have to be checked regularly to see how effective the medication is and the doctor will adjust the dosage accordingly. Metformin tablets have to be taken for a long period of time.
Glyciphage 500mg does have some side effects such as the ones listed below:
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal discomfort
- Side pain or lower back pain
- Cramping or muscle pain
- Sleepiness and tiredness
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Excess gas
Some of the more severe side effects that need to be looked at by a doctor as soon as possible are as follows:
- Blurred vision
- Trouble in breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
It is important to take Glyciphage 500mg only under the supervision of a doctor. There are some instances when it is not suitable and they are:
- Breastfeeding and pregnant women
- If you have any drug allergies
- If you are taking any other medication or supplements
- If you have a liver or kidney ailment
- Have a problem with alcohol
- Have a history of lactic acidosis
- Have any condition that will affect renal function like shock, severe infection or dehydration
- Have diabetic precoma or diabetic ketoacidosis
Drug Interactions with Metformin
There are a few drugs that interact with Metformin and therefore should not be taken or the doctor should tell you how to take it.
- It affects anticoagulant drugs
- Cimetidine and any medications for heart conditions and high blood pressure, thyroid medicines, diuretics, nifedipine and beta blockers , all affect metformin
- Certain other diabetes medicines like repaglinide and sulfonylureas also interact with it.