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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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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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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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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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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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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's the max daily dose of metformin.

What's the max daily dose of metformin.

Max. Metformin: Hi. The maximum effective dose is 1, 000 mg (1 gram) twice daily. The maximum approved dose is 850 mg three times/day; no one I know uses that, because it's no more effective than the 1 gram twice/day. ...Read more

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Tips on how to eat when taking metformin?

Tips on how to eat when taking metformin?

Eat less: And exercise more to lose weight and make the metformin work even better. Always take metformin with a meal. ...Read more

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Please tell me the highest doses metformin goes up to?

Please tell me the highest doses metformin goes up to?

1000 mg pill: Hi. The biggest dose metformin comes in is 1000 mg (= 1 gram) pills. The maximum effective dose is 1000 mg twice a day (morning & evening). There are some sustained release formulations with which you can take 2000 mg all at once, once daily, but it's generally more expensive. Going above 2000 mg in 24 hours adds no further benefit. ...Read more

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Please tell me what's the highest doses metformin goes up to?

Please tell me what's the highest doses metformin goes up to?

2000mg usually: It normally in most goes up to 2000Mg a day.
I have used 2500 mg, as in several papers, for the very obese and helps a bit more. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take metformin if I don't get a fingerstick test?

Yea: Metformin will mot cause hypoglycemia, so a meter is not absolutely a must. However, a meter will help you and your doctor determine the effectiveness of your treatment. ...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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