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Glucophage Overdose In Children
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:
More severe low blood sugar symptoms include:
changes in behavior, such as irritability
loss of coordination
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Glucophage OD: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug is used. Glucophage (metformin) is used for the Treatment of Type II diabetes. Potential overdose symptoms include: "severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, epigastric pain, thirstiness, lost appetite, lethargy and hyperpnoea. Hypotension, hypothermia, acute renal failure, coma and cardiac arrest". >>> ...Read more
Call: Hi. Call a poison control center NOW! ...Read more
> 2: 2000mg is usually the highest dose given. Above that people are likely to experience more side effects with out added benefit. ...Read more
Monitoring mostly: To my knowledge, close monitoring is the main thing I am aware of. Glucophage (metformin) does not cause the blood sugar to drop, so hypoglycemia/hypoglycemic shock isn't a worry. The biggest worry i can think of is liver damage, kidney damage, and most importantly acidosis from the production of lactic acid, which can be life-threatening. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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Appetite: One of the side effects of metformin is a mild appetite suppression. But it is mild. Most diabetics who take metformin do not gain weight, but don't really lose much either. Although it may help, it is not a weight loss drug that you can rely on and not a substitute for a change in diet/exercise. ...Read more
Lowers testosterone: Some studies shows that males with diabetes type ii, treatment with glucophage (metformin), (metformin) once associated with healthy dietary modifications and a mild physical activity increment resulted in significant improvement of Insulin sensitivity and increase in total and free testosterone levels, regardless of glucophage (metformin) intake. ...Read more
Change your diet: You are close to max dose of this drug which means your provider will likely discuss adding a second one. One way to bring your numbers down is to significantly limit the number of carbs you consume. I have patients drink nothing but water and avoid fruit, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, and usual junk food for 6 weeks. Once they see the way their body responds to carbs we slowly add some back in. ...Read more
Not usually.: You should have normal kidney, liver, and heart function to take metformin (glucophage). Some patients experience diarrhea as a side effect. This can be minimized by starting with a low dose and increasing it slowly, or by using extended-release form of the medication (metformin er). Overall, it is generally well-tolerated. It does not cause hypoglycemia or weight gain. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How long before I start to normalise and lose weight on glucophage? I am eating well and exercising often
Be patient: the timeline for everyone is very different based on their metabolism and exercise plan. the goal should be to keep the weight off, therefore quick fixes and aggressive diets are less effective than slow and steady good dietary habits and exercise. choose one goal per week such as cutting out sodas, the next week focus on a second task. A diet you can live with is a diet you'll stick to! ...Read more
M58, could glucophage/metmormin 500mg kill your appetite to the extent that you feel like eating nothing and your weight go down five pounds in 2 day?
? to be discontinued:
wonderful drug with some serious side effects!
Nausea,vomiting =6-25 %, diarrhea = 10-50 %, flatulence=12 %, Abdominal discomfort = 6%
abdominal distension,,abnormal stools,constipation,dyspepsia,heartburn & taste disorder.
Liver & kidney functions have to be repeated.
See your doctor. ...Read more
Is there a downside to glucophage (metformin). I have been asked to take 1gm in the morning and 1 gm at nite. My hb1ac is 6.2 but I am on this to lose weight.I?
Generallly safe: Glucophage(metformin) is commonly prescribed for diabetes and is quite safe as long as you have healthy kidney function. One of its main advantages is that it does not lower the blood sugar too low unlike some other diabetic medications. Monitor your kidney blood tests while on glucophage. ...Read more
I take 2 500ml Glucophage daily. I have always taken both tablets at night. I see now the chemist has said I must take 1 in the morning and 1 at night. Which is the correct way to take them? Thank you
XR 1000 mg at night:
I am sure you mean that you are taking two of the 500 mg (not ml.) tablets.
It would be a better idea to take one of the 1000 mg tablets at night. Make sure you get the XR tablets. It is the slow release form and has less side effects. ...Read more
Diabetes: If your glucose readings normalize after you start metformin, it is likely because of the medication. Once you stop the medication, the levels are likely to rise again. Adequate blood sugar control is very important in diabetes to prevent longterm complications of the disease. ...Read more
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. ...Read more