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Dr. Walter Futterweit
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Glucophage (Overview)

Glucophage is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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What is glucophage (metformin) used for?

What is glucophage (metformin) used for?

Glucophage (metformin): Metformin is primarily for type 2 diabetes, also experimentally for polycystic ovarian disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease & premature puberty.

Dr. Walter Futterweit
678 Doctors shared insights

Glucophage (Overview)

Glucophage is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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Having exactly 30 day cycle on Clomid and glucophage, (metformin) can stop taking gulocophage a weak before periods with pcos can effect my due date?

Having exactly 30 day cycle on Clomid and glucophage, (metformin) can stop taking gulocophage a weak before periods with pcos can effect my due date?

Why stop?: Your doctor put you on the medication and your periods are normal. Do not stop unless your doctor tells you. If you stop your periods can become abnormal and decrease the likelyhood of pregnancy.

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135 suger level in random with glucophage (metformin) 500 mg? How much it is in control in your opinion? In fasting it is 117?

135 suger level in random with glucophage (metformin) 500 mg? How much it is in control in your opinion? In fasting it is 117?

Fair control: Those are relatively good values for blood sugar control for type 2 diabetes. That being said, they could be better. With blood sugar control, a carbohydrate controlled diet and frequent exercise will really help you get a grip on the disease. With work and education, you can help prevent the progression of the disease. I would suggest diabetes education classes for more information.

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When should I ovulate on metformin? I do not have dietbites a bit overweight my doctor prescribe them to me because I grow facial hair.

When should I ovulate on metformin? I do not have dietbites a bit overweight my doctor prescribe them to me because I grow facial hair.

Not consistent: Spontaneous menses occur in about 4-6 weeks in most patients. It takes a while to build up to a high enough dose to see some effect. I find that most need to be at least on 500mg twice a day and some need 1000mg twice a day. Ovulation may start a few months later. However, ovulation does not always occur on metformin alone. Adding Clomid (clomiphene) to the metformin may make ovulation more consistent.

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My obgyn prescribed glucophage, prednisone, and Synthroid (thyroxine) (for TSH levels) to help increase my fertility. I'm 38 & ttc for 7 months. Will this help me?

My obgyn prescribed glucophage, prednisone, and Synthroid (thyroxine) (for TSH levels) to help increase my fertility. I'm 38 & ttc for 7 months. Will this help me?

Depends: Presumably, the medications are being prescribed to address specific conditions to either improve chance of conceiving and/or chance of having a healthy pregnancy. Glucophage is usually prescribed in women with glucose intolerance/insulin resistance (common in pcos). Synthroid (thyroxine) is prescribed for thyroid supplementation in hypothyroidism. Important however that full infertility evaluation be done.

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Is it safe to use glucophage (metformin) while pregnant?

Insulin: Ideally Insulin is recommended during pregnancy due to its safety. Glucophage (metformin) ins pregnancy category b which means that animal studies did not show any fetal effects but we do have any controlled studies to confirm it in humans.

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I have PCOS problem I have used glucophage (metformin) and clomophene tabelts. I am 7 weeks pregnant but baby growth is only 5 weeks. What to do?

I have PCOS problem I have used glucophage (metformin) and clomophene tabelts. I am 7 weeks pregnant but baby growth is only 5 weeks. What to do?

Okay: You may have just ovulated at a different time (not uncommon with PCOS) A repeat sonogram in a few weeks would be helpful

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Since hemi-colectomy 2 mo ago, now blood sugar high (despite time release glucophage). Is problem that it is not in GI tract long enough to work?

Since hemi-colectomy 2 mo ago, now blood sugar high (despite time release glucophage). Is problem that it is not in GI tract long enough to work?

Could be: Glucophage (metformin) may be absorbed in small intestine? Sugary could be high if your cortisol is elevated due to your adrenals neigh stressed from surgery. Could be your diet is too high in carbohydrates. Best to try low glycemic index carbs.

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Loved one recently diagnosed with diabetes. Glucose sometime 140s or 160s, sometimes 120s. Above what level is dangerous? Using glucophage (metformin) to help.

Loved one recently diagnosed with diabetes. Glucose sometime 140s or 160s, sometimes 120s. Above what level is dangerous? Using glucophage (metformin) to help.

Semantics!: Dangerous - any numbers out of normal can damage tissue so goal is 90-120ish am, <150 later in day acutely dangerous, ie : go to er >350 with symptoms glucophage fine, if brings patient to goal- don't forget diet! - avoid simple sugars.

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Is metformin hydrochloride (glucophage xr) nephro toxic?

Not exactly: If you have a moderate degree of renal disease, metformin can cause lactic acidosis, which is very serious. If you do not have renal disease, metformin is quite safe.

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Side effects of glucophage (metformin)?

Side effects of glucophage (metformin)?

Stomach effects.: The most common side effect of metformin is diarrhea. Nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, weakness, and headache are also common effects. Taking metformin with food may help to decrease these side effects. Patients with kidney disease (KD) may also be at risk for more serious side effects, depending on severity of KD. If you have KD, feel free to ask for more information.

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Are there difinite withdrawal symptoms when glucophage (metformin) is being weaned from the system?

NOT REALLY: It does happen sometime when you diagnose a new patient with type 2 diabetes and start them on metformin as a first line drug as it is effective and cheap, but also advice diet and exercise and often it works and than you want to wean patients of metformin other times is when liver functions like creatinine level is high and you have to take of metformin and you stop without any ill effects.

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How long does it take before you start losing weight on glucophage (metformin)?

How long does it take before you start losing weight on glucophage (metformin)?

Right away...but.: Glucophage (metformin) works by making Insulin work better in your body. This helps lower appetite and does not cause any weight gain. Any weight loss you have will be due to your proper attention to diet and exercise. That said, you should have better results dieting while taking the metformin than if you weren't taking it.

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M57, is it true that once I start glucophage (metformin) I will have to depend on it for life time?

Adult Diabetes: Nope. If you lose enough weight and stop eating many sugars or other carbs and exercise regularly there is a chance to back off and away from being an adult diabetic.

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How do antibiotics (cold/flu) interact with the medications that my 73-year old mother is taking (exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) 10, metformin 500, pravsdtstine 40)?

How do antibiotics (cold/flu) interact with the medications that my 73-year old mother is taking (exforge (amlodipine and valsartan) 10, metformin 500, pravsdtstine 40)?

They shouldn't: Interfer. You didn't mention the name of the antibiotic, but if all medications are received from the same pharmacy both the doctor and pharmacy should warn you if there is any interaction between the two.

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M58, may I talke Norvasc 10 mg, zocor (simvastatin) 10 mg and glucophage 500 mg at the same time? Is there any interaction

M58, may I talke Norvasc 10 mg, zocor (simvastatin) 10 mg and glucophage 500 mg at the same time? Is there any interaction

See below: Norvasc increases zocor (simvastatin) levels thus the maximum recommended dose of zocor (simvastatin) when also taking Norvasc is 20 mg but you're okay with that. However, you should take zocor (simvastatin) in the evening to maximize its benefit, whereas, generally, glucophage is usually taken during the day. You can take the Norvasc anytime.

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What are the symptoms of a metformin/glucophage overdose?

What are the symptoms of a metformin/glucophage overdose?

Low sugar & acidosis: The effects of a metformin overdose may include: low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) lactic acidosis (see metformin and lactic acidosis). Possible symptoms of low blood sugar include: sweating shakiness extreme hunger dizziness cold sweats blurry vision. More severe low blood sugar symptoms include: changes in behavior, such as irritability loss of coordination difficulty speaking confusion s.

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How many glucophage (metformin) 1000mg pills would cause a dangerous overdose?

How many glucophage (metformin) 1000mg pills would cause a dangerous overdose?

> 2: 2000mg is usually the highest dose given. Above that people are likely to experience more side effects with out added benefit.

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What is glucophage (metformin)?

What is glucophage (metformin)?

Glucophage (metformin) is: An oral medication usually used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Dr. David Sneid
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