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Dr. David Sneid
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Metformin (Definition)

That reduces liver production of glucose- other benefits: can't cause low blood sugar when used alone, likely cariovascular benefit, may reduce complications of diabetes, may reduce cancer risk ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Metformin overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Metformin overdose?

Metformin overdose: Metformin (Glumetza, Glucophage, Fortamet) is a medication used to treat Type 2 diabetes. An overdose is when an excessive or dangerous amount of a medication or substance is used. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Glucophage (metformin) overdose?

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

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What is the treatment for glucophage (metformin) overdose?

What is the treatment for glucophage (metformin) overdose?

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

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How does metformin (diabetic medicine) affect the body?

How does metformin (diabetic medicine) affect the body?

Works on the liver: Metformin is a biguanide and it works to reduce glucose synthesis by the liver during the fasting state.
Type 2 diabetes is viewed by the liver as a state of cellular deprivation of glucose due to changes in receptors for Insulin action on these cells preventing entry of glucose in the cellular compartment, or Insulin resistance. By reducing hepatic production it lowers your blood sugar. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of overdosing on metformin tablets?

Stomach upset: If the overdose is small one is likely to have GI upset with nausea vomiting and diarrhea. If the overdose is large there are potentially serious effects of liver failure and lactic acidosis. This could be potentiated by concomitant use of other medications or alcohol. ...Read more

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Is there any contraindecation in using glucophage (metformin) with antiacid drug?

Is there any contraindecation in using glucophage (metformin) with antiacid drug?

Interactions: Taking glucophage (metformin) and antacids shouldn't cause a significant interaction, but I would not take the glucophage (metformin) immediately after taking the antacid or vice versa to ensure good absorption of the glucophage (metformin). ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you overdose on metformin when you're not diabetic?

Could you tell me what happens if you overdose on metformin when you're not diabetic?

Nothing: It's very hard or even impossible to overdose on metformin. At higher than recommended doses, particularly if you don't take it regularly for diabetes, you will develop nausea and diarrhea and won't be able to take any more. Have you thought about talking with a psychiatrist? ...Read more

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Is glumetza much better than metformin? Is a drug usually better due to its expensive price?

Is glumetza much better than metformin? Is a drug usually better due to its expensive price?

Not worth the money: Glumetza is just a brand of metformin. It is no better than generic metformin. In most cases, the generic is just as good as the (often very expensive) brand. See your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Is Metformin a fertility drug?

Is Metformin a fertility drug?

No.: Metformin is recommended for the treatment of diabetes but can be used also in women having fertility issues due to polycystic ovarian syndrome. It helps with ovulation and also in achieving weight loss goal. ...Read more

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What would happen if overdose on metformin?

GI symptoms: The most common effects from taking too much metformin is nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Other oral hypoglycemics cause significant drop in blood sugare which metformin
does not do to its mechanism of action. Lactic acidosis is probably the most severe side effect, but this can happen with interactions with dye for xrays. This is why you have to stop your metformin after dye contrast xrays. ...Read more

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How long does it take the drug metformin to expire?

How long does it take the drug metformin to expire?

Expiration: Most drugs expiration date is a year. Some drugs less. There have been studies that looked at the efficacy of drugs post expiration and some were still effective as many as 20 years out. Best is to see your doc and see what's best for you. :) ...Read more

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What could happen if you overdose on metformin 500 mg?

Metformin: Nothing is likely to happen if you overdose just once.
I assume you are taking 500 mg Metformin twice a day.
Are you checking your blood sugars and how are they doing? ...Read more

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What would happen if you overdose on too much metformin?

What would happen if you overdose on too much metformin?

Multiple problems: Gastrointestinal problems, kidney problems, metabolic acidosis that may be fatal. People who have decreased kidney function are much more prone. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't you take metformin based drugs after IV contrast?

Why shouldn't you take metformin based drugs after IV contrast?

It doesn't damage: The kidney, but rarely dye of the IV cob trast damages the kidney, and since metformin is destroyed by the kidney, it will build up in blood stream to toxic levels with resulting high risk of life-threatening side effect

so one stops meftformin before the conrast, check kidnet function 2 days later- if normal can restart metformin. ...Read more

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How long should metformin be used in pco's? will this medicine help?

For some patients: Some patients with PCOS struggle with Insulin resistance. In this subset of PCOS patients Metformin can be used. There is not set duration for treatment and each case should be assessed individually. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What could be the side effects if a non-diabetic person took the diabetic medicine glucophage (metformin)?

What could be the side effects if a non-diabetic person took the diabetic medicine glucophage (metformin)?

GI problems: The medicine is usually used to treat diabetes, but is also used to treat irregular menstrual cycles as well as help prevent diabetes. The major concern theoretically is a low blood sugar which almost never happens in any individual, with or without diabetes.
A person taking metformin (glucophage) may experience nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal cramping which usually goes away over time ...Read more

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I m using metformin 500mg twice daily since last six month. My hba1c is 6.3.Should I stop medicine now or once a daily will be sufficient for me.

I m using metformin 500mg twice daily since last six month. My hba1c is 6.3.Should I stop medicine now or once a daily will be sufficient for me.

Dear Pika,: Why aren't you having this discussion with your prescribing physician? Us doctors on healthtap are providing medical information but we aren't authorized to practice medicine through this venue. For the best care please consult with your physicians. Don't recommend making changes to your medications without discussing this with your doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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I took metformin 500 mg and I was wondering how long after stopping that it was out of your system and could it cause a false positive drug test?

Metformin 500: Metformin 500 is usually taken twice a day - out of your system every 12 hours.

I don't think it can cause a faulse positive test if you are monitoring your blood sugar.

If you think the metformin associated blood glucose values are too high or too low please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Is the medicine metformin and glimperide prescibed on a patients weight wise or they have a maximun dose in a day. If yes what are their max dose. Thx?

Is the medicine metformin and glimperide prescibed on a patients weight wise or they have a maximun dose in a day. If yes what are their max dose. Thx?

Not weight based: Hi. No, neither medicine is dosed on the basis of body weight. The maximum effective dose of metformin is 1000 mg twice daily; although it is approved up to 2550 mg in a 24 hour period, no one I know prescribes that dose. Glimepiride is approved up to 8 mg per day. Metformin still plays a role in type 2, but in my opinion, there are drug classes preferable to the class glimepiride is in. Good luck ...Read more

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I'm taking onglyza (saxagliptin) 2.5mg and metformin 500mg for a month now. Is this safe? I want to be off these medicines. Will I be cured if taking them?

I'm taking onglyza (saxagliptin) 2.5mg and metformin 500mg for a month now. Is this safe? I want to be off these medicines. Will I be cured if taking them?

No cures: Metformin, available for almost 50 years is very safe in people with good kidney function. The dpp4s - of which Onglyza (saxagliptin) is one - have been implicated in pancreatitis, and pancreas and thyroid cancers. Talk to your doctor if you are worried. ...Read more

Metformin Overdose (Definition)

Metformin (Glumetza, Glucophage, Fortamet) is a medication used to treat Type 2 diabetes. An overdose is when an excessive or dangerous amount of a medication ...Read more


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Glucophage (Definition)

Glucophage is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of ...Read more