Glucophage is given to people who are type 2 diabetic. The drug may also be prescribed in combination with insulin or other medicines. Well, the drug is not for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
The drug has to be taken with food. Well, Glucophage drug is only part of a program of treatment, which includes diet and exercise. The drug has to be used continuously for better results. Always follow the doctor’s instructions when taking Glucophage. Your doctor may change the dosages for getting you the maximum benefit.
As Glucophage is an extended-release tablet, it should not be crushed or broken or chewed. You have to swallow the pill whole so that the drug enters the body slowly. Coming to the dosages, try not to miss any doses. In case you miss any dose, take it as soon as you realise it. But take the drug only with food. However, if you do not remember about the missed dose till the next dosage time, skip the missed one. Never take a dose to compensate the missed ones.
Suppose you suspect of having taking an overdose of the Glucophage drug, contact the doctor without any delay. Overdose symptoms include headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, confusion, drowsiness, seizures, tremors and fast heartbeat.
Before you are administered Glucophage, it is better to inform your doctor about all your present and past health history so that he will be able to take a wise decision in the medications.
In some people, Glucophage may develop a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis. If you come across weakness, increasing sleepiness, shortness of breath, slow heart rate, muscle pain, cold feeling and stomach pain, contact your doctor without any second thought.
Glucophage is FDA pregnancy category B, which means that the drug is not harmful to the unborn babe. But even then it is better if pregnant women talk to the doctor before taking the drug. Though it is not known if Glucophage excretes into breast milk, breast-feeding mothers should use the drug only after discussing the effects of the drug. Glucophage is not prescribed for children who are below 17 years of age.
The doctors will not prescribe Glucophage if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis or if you have any kidney disease.
Glucophage may also interact with certain medicines and so it is good if you inform your doctor about all the medicines that you are taking. You have to inform the doctor if you are taking any drugs for blood pressure, any prescriptive or non-prescriptive drugs, herbal medicines, minerals, vitamins and diet supplements.
You have to stop taking Glucophage if you come across any allergic reactions like difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat.
Some of the serious side effects that one may come across while using Glucophage are shortness of breath, weight gain, fever, body aches and flu symptoms.
The lesser known effects include weakness, headache, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.