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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

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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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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.

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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.

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How long until metformin side effects stop?

How long until metformin side effects stop?

Within a week: Metformin often induces mild GI upset which subsides within a week or so of initiating or increasing the dose. If effects do not subside one should consider reducing or discontinuing the dose.

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Metformin side effects, how long do they last?

MAYBE indefinitely: Metformin has G.I. Side effects including diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The symptoms may last as long as you are taking the medication. One solution is generic glucophage xr or er which is a long-acting medication with less side effects. Many patients can not tolerate metformin at any dose but fortunately we have many diabetes meds --out there. Hope you are better soon!

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What do I do about the side effects of metformin?

What do I do about the side effects of metformin?

Try extended release: Patients who have side effects on metformin often find that they are less if they take the extended release form of the medication. Since this form is only taken once a day it may help to take it at bedtime.

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What are the side effects of overdosing on metformin tablets?

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.

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How long does it take to for side effects to stop after discontinuing metformin?

How long does it take to for side effects to stop after discontinuing metformin?

Days: If they're due to metformin, they will stop within sever days. If they continue, they're due to something else.

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What side effects are commonly associated with long term usage of glucophage (metformin) 850?

Well tolerated: Metformin (glucophage) is effective in lowering glucose in diabetics, and treating the Insulin resistance of pcos. It can cause some diarrhea. It can cause lactic acidosis in people with kidney disease. Otherwise, it is quite well tolerated.

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How long does it take 500mg of metformin to get out of the system and what are the side effects?

How long does it take 500mg of metformin to get out of the system and what are the side effects?

Metformin: Main side effect of metformin is abdominal cramping, gas and diarrhea. 500 mg is a small dose. Talk to your doctor if you plan to stop any medication. The half life for the immediate release metformin is about 6 hours.

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I am going from 2, 000mgs to 0mgs of metformin since last tuesday feel like I am going through withdraw what do you recommend? Had side effects

I am going from 2, 000mgs to 0mgs of metformin since last tuesday feel like I am going through withdraw what do you recommend? Had side effects

Why did you stop: We need more information to answer your question. Like why did you stop the metformin, what your blood sugar and a1c hemoglobin is and what other meds you are taking and what do yopu call withdrawl symptoms, it may be ralated to your blood sugar etc talk with your doctor and get your diabetese treated appropriately.

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When should I increase dose on metformin I'm taking 500mg with no side effects. Have to get to 1500mgs don't want to get the horrible side effects?

Gradual: If you have no problem with the 500 mg, try taking a pill with dinner and if ok in 1 week, increase it by 500 mg more. It should be taken twice per day.

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What are the side effects of missed dosages of metformin?

If you miss: A dose of metformin, ignore it and restart at your next scheduled dose, since doses are generally only given with meals. Don't try to make up a dose or it can cause GI side effects.

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There be possible side effects if takingthe metformin or glipizide?

There be possible side effects if takingthe metformin or glipizide?

Metformin: Possible side-effects include rash, palpitations, muscle aches, cramps, & changes in taste, .

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Is there any side effects in using glucophage (metformin) to lose weight?

Is there any side effects in using glucophage (metformin) to lose weight?

Diarrhea: The most common side effect to metformin is diarrhea. Other GI side effects can occur. Metformin is not a weight loss drug. It is used to treat diabetes as well as pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome. In combination with a low carb diet and exercise it can assist with weight loss, but by itself, it does not cause significant weight loss.

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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

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I'm a 59 year old male, overweight, glucose 95, should I take metphormin, if so, at what dose? Are there any side effects? Thanks

I'm a 59 year old male, overweight, glucose 95, should I take metphormin, if so, at what dose? Are there any side effects? Thanks

Perhaps: Your fasting blood sugar is normal; it would be important to know your FH, how overweight you are. Metformin is used in Type 2 diabetes, but some clinicians use it for obese pts trying to lose weight; it decreases sugar absorption, improves insulin sensitivity, and other effects. As with any medication, there are potential side effects (Google it). If used, would start at 500mg twice daily.

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When will the intestinal side effects of metformin (glucophage) go away?

When will the intestinal side effects of metformin (glucophage) go away?

Self- limiting: The reason many start on low doses and work up is because of the bloating and diarrhea which can occur. Fortunately this usually goes away within a few weeks of reaching optimal dose per your prescription. You may also experience some appetite suppression.

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