- Sitagliptin Phosphate–Metformin Hydrochloride
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.