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Dr. David Sneid
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Metformin (Overview)

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 in patients with diabetes.


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What is metformin used for?

What is metformin used for?

Diabetes: This is a mainstay drug for the treatment of diabetes type ii. It is inexpensive, effective but like all prescription medications should be taken with careful monitoring by your physician. If you have diabetes you have probably been prescribed this and need careful and daily care to prevent the severe complications of this disease. ...Read more

Dr. David Sneid
1,010 doctors shared insights

Metformin (Overview)

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 in patients with diabetes.


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Iam on janumet (sitagliptin and metformin) od in morning .I often take alcohol like 3or 4 drinks . Please let me know the exact gap between metformin and alcohol intake?

Iam on janumet (sitagliptin and metformin) od in morning .I often take alcohol like 3or 4 drinks . Please let me know the exact gap between metformin and alcohol intake?

A 2 hour gap should: Be ok . Remember that alcohol can raise your sugar level so balance the pros and cons of dietary restriction and freedom . Attain an a1c near 6 or 7 , as well as ideal body weight, good blood pressure and lipid control. Stay active and exercise on a regular basis . Have an ekg annually or whenever u have chest pain . Have fun! ...Read more

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I accidentally took a 500mg tablet of metformin. How should I take my usual dose?

I accidentally took a 500mg tablet of metformin. How should I take my usual dose?

More info: To answer this properly i would need to know what your usual dose is and how often you take it. The generic answer would be that the effects of the extra dose should be worn off by 10 - 12 hours and you could resume your usual regimen. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: metformin?

Please describe the medication: metformin?

Drug for diabetes: 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 in patients with diabetes. ...Read more

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Why can't my general practitioner prescribe metformin or clomid (clomiphene)?I have pcos off pill since january no periods

Why can't my general practitioner prescribe metformin or clomid (clomiphene)?I have pcos off pill since january no periods

Scope of Care.: Depends upon why they are prescribing the med. In general it is not wise for a gp to prescribe meds out of their area of expertise or practice. Using metformin to treat pcos sounds like a good gp fit, but using Clomid (clomiphene) may be a step too far. ...Read more

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My wife was prescribed metformin to get pregnant. How long should she continue taking it after she is pregnant.?

My wife was prescribed metformin to get pregnant.  How long should she continue taking it after she is pregnant.?

1st Trimester: Most physicians have women stop taking metformin sometime in the 1st trimester. Typically women on metformin also have some Insulin resistance, it's important to have a glucose tolerance test in the 1st trimester to check for gestational diabetes. I recommend women go off their metformin after getting pregnant, have the glucose test and then use more typical agents for glucose control if need. ...Read more

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Which is more effective: metformin tablets or riomet oral solution? I'm having difficulty swallowing the pills. Does riomet work as well as the pills?

Which is more effective: metformin tablets or riomet oral solution? I'm having difficulty swallowing the pills. Does riomet work as well as the pills?

Yes...same: They are the same med...Same as children liquid Motrin and adult tablet..Riomet is made for those having trouble with swallowing pills like you. They work/do same job. Often, liquid med may work faster or even better. In this case, they have similar effecacy/effectiveness. If you can't swallow the pills, then the pills don't work for you at all. Consult your doc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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How quickly does metformin work after taking dosage in morning?

How quickly does metformin work after taking dosage in morning?

Quick. peaks in 3 hr: Food can slow down absorption and cause incomplete absorption. The mean time to peak levels after an 850 mg tablet (not XR) is about 3.3 hours +/- 1 hour http://www.drugs.com/pro/glucophage.html ...Read more

Dr. Walter Futterweit
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Glucophage (Definition)

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