A 59-year-old female asked:
what would happen if you swallowed a metformin down the wrong way i just took it at 9:09 tonight. i hope it melts away or i should say dissolve. ?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
?: Did you mean it went down through the wind pipe? May be, but unlikely, you wouldn't be writing to us, as you would be coughing forcefully or chocking, if none happened, and no symptoms, I wouldn't worry, as most probably it went to your stomach, if otherwise and have no symptoms, go to your doctor or go to urgent care for assessment, best wishes
Answered on Feb 7, 2019
Dr. Charles Turck answered
16 years experience Pharmacology
Inflammation: Normally, your body will cough to try to clear out the airway. The question becomes whether it’s lodged in your throat, where it may simply irritate, or whether it went down to your lung. In your lungs, it may have difficulty dissolving and continue to inflame the tissue and may need medical attention for removal. If you think it may have gotten down into your lungs, get in touch with your doctor.
Answered on Feb 6, 2019
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