Brand names: Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Riomet, Fortamet, Metformin HCI Dose __________________ Times _____________________________
Keep at room temperature. Store away from sunlight in a dry place (such as in your dresser drawer or hallway closet). Keep all medicine out of reach of children and pets.
What does it do?
• If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for Helps to control glucose (blood sugar) levels. your next dose. Never take two doses at the Stops the liver from releasing glucose.
How do I take it?
What are the possible side effects?
• This medicine comes in tablet or liquid form. If side effects don’t go away, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will tell you how much to take and • Take it with food or milk to prevent an • Diarrhea (loose, watery stools) or gas • If you take tablets, swallow them whole. Do not crush, break or chew them. Empty tablet shells may pass into your stool. This is nothing to • The taste of metal in your mouth.
• Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medicine (unless your doctor tells you not to).
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Women who have ovulation problems and have What else should I know before taking
not yet reached menopause may begin to ovulate this medicine?
with this medicine. This increases the chances of pregnancy. • Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor: – About all medicines you are taking, including When should I call the doctor?
over-the-counter drugs such as Advil, Aleve and Motrin. – If you have problems with the adrenal or – If you have heart, liver or kidney disease.
• Severe diarrhea (loose, watery stools) – If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
• Signs of lactic acidosis. This is a rare but serious – If you have more than six alcohol drinks a day side effect. It occurs most often in patients with kidney, liver or heart disease. Symptoms include: – Unusual muscle or stomach pain • This drug may not be right for you if you are – Trouble breathing– Slow or unsteady heartbeat • Do not take this medicine if you have had an – Feeling tired, weak, dizzy or very cold.
• If you have liver problems, you should avoid or limit alcohol while taking this medicine.
• Any sign of an allergic reaction, such as: • Always eat carbohydrate when drinking alcohol. Alcohol is more likely to lower your blood – Swelling in the face, hands, mouth or throat glucose while you are on this medicine.
• If you will have surgery or X-rays that use contrast dye, tell your doctor that you are taking metformin. You may need to stop taking it for a few days. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to take it again.
• Ask your doctor if you should take a multi- • We may increase your dose slowly to prevent diarrhea and other stomach problems.
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