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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

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Does metformin cause hunger? That's what I've experienced lately.

Does metformin cause hunger? That's what I've experienced lately.

It should not: What are you taking the medication for? Most time it will cause you to eat less. ...Read more

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Can metformin cause anxiety?

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Can metformin cause anxiety?

Metformin: Common side-effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps, gases, and if there's impairment in liver or kidney functions it can rarely cause lactic acidosis which can present with confusion & lethargy. Please discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Can metformin cause headaches?

Yes: Metformin can cause headaches but it is not a very common symptom. ...Read more

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When do you ovulate on metformin?

When do you ovulate on metformin?

Ovulation: Metformin had been used in conjunction with Clomid (clomiphene) to stimulate ovulation in people with pcos. Metformin basically does not induce ovulation, more likely by adjusting Insulin level allows other natural hormones to act and aid ovulation. So if you ovulate under therapy you should ovulate somewhere between 14-16 days from your last menstrual period. ...Read more

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How does metformin treat diabetes?

How does metformin treat diabetes?

Metformin: This is a very good drug for diabetes. It decreases the amount of sugar the liver makes (thus lower blood sugar) and it makes the Insulin in your system more effective at the muscles (insulin lowers your blood sugar). Unless you have contraindications or severe side effects from the drug, you should be on this if you have type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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Can I take cascara with metformin?

Sure: If metformin doesn't upset your stomach, cascara can, but is useful for a very irritating cathartic. ...Read more

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What's the side effects of Metformin?

What's the side effects of Metformin?

Many, including: Diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain, gas, indigestion, constipation, unpleasant metallic taste in mouth, heartburn, headache, flushing of the skin, nail changes, muscle pain

Some side effects can be serious. Call your doctor immediately or get emergency treatment if you get:
chest pain or rash ...Read more

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At which sugar level start metformin?

HGbA1c: The main criterion of diabetic control is the blood test hgba1c rather than isolated blood sugar level. If your diet is adequate and your kidney function is normal, metformin is often the first medication used when hgba1c levels are not at goal (under 7 for known diabetics). ...Read more

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Will taking metformin make me fertile?

Will taking metformin make me fertile?

It helps in PCOS: Metformin can help patients who do not ovulate due to polycystic ovarian syndrome in some cases. Obviously only take if prescribed and recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can chlorella be taken with metformin?

Unknown: Chlorella is a food supplement that is not regulated by the fda. There are no studies looking at how it can interact with medications. There are no studies that show that it is effective in treating any disorder, despite any claims or phrases they have on the label. If you have money to through away on these supplements, it would be more rewarding to donate it to a worthy charity. ...Read more

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Could I take metformin and lose weight?

Could I take metformin and lose weight?

If you are diabetic: (type ii) ; overweight - this would be an option to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of metformin?

What are the side effects of metformin?

GI symptoms: The most common side effect is stomach discomfort and/or diarrhea. These symptoms usually disappear in a week. There is also a chance of renal failure and you should have your kidney function checked through the blood to make sure there are no problems before you start. ...Read more

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Can metformin HCl 500 cause coughing?

Can metformin HCl 500 cause coughing?

Unusual: Most of the side effects of metformin are stomach, gastrointestinal related, not cough. ...Read more

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What to eat to lose weight on metformin?

Eat Less, exercise m: You should exercise in order to lose weight. Also cut down on your food intake and avoid high calorie foods like milk products, fried foods, sweets and high fat in your foods. Focus on more protein containing foods and less carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Metformin induced hairloss, will it last?

Metformin induced hairloss, will it last?

NO Hairloss with Met: Not true.
Does NOT induce hairloss, must be another
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Does Metformin increase ALT (SGPT) level?

Rarely: About one in 10000 patients may experience mild liver toxicity (expressed as elevates ALT & AST). ...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


Dr. Walter Futterweit
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Glucophage (Definition)

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