Fortamet (Oral)

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side effects of fortamet

I would like to know the side effect of Fortamet. When is the best time of day to take it with the morning meal or evening meal.
by Myrlene in Dublin, California, 05/17/2006

Can Fortamet give me facial pain or the withdrawal of fortamet can?

I was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic and started taking fortamet 500 once a day. I stopped last friday because I started feeling very weak , tired and lightheaded and started having facial pain, pressure and tooth pain. I was taking antibiotics, d...
by Ileana T in Louisville, Kentucky, 05/11/2006

Fortamet adverse reaction

Had what appears to have been an adverse reaction to Fortamet. I was hopitalized with chest pain, arrythmia, nausea, erratic heart rate, magnesium depletion. Was this lactic acidosis? Enzymes, ecgs, echocardiogram were all normal. Would being lactose ...
by Marsha S in New Brunswick, NJ, 05/22/2006


My Doctor told me I have a low blood sugar condition (hypoglycemia) and that I need to take Fortamet. However, all I read about Fortamet is that it is used for the control of Type 2 diabetes. Should I be taking Fortamet for a low blood sugar condition...
by Joyce in Deltona, Florida, 05/09/2006

Fortamet (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Fortamet (Oral)

Fortamet (Oral) Medication Classification

METFORMIN (By mouth)

Fortamet (Oral) Brandname

Glucophage XR, Glucophage, Metformin HCl, Fortamet, Riomet

Fortamet (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Metformin (met-FOR-min) Used with diet or other medicines to control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes.

When To Not Use Fortamet (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to metformin, if you have kidney disease or metabolic acidosis (diabetic ketoacidosis), or if you are also taking medicine for congestive heart failure.

How Should You Use Fortamet (Oral)

Tablet, Long Acting Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • It is best to take the tablet with food.
  • Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Fortamet (Oral) Storage

Store Fortamet (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Fortamet (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Fortamet (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • There are many other drugs that can interact with metformin. Make sure your doctor knows about ALL other medicines you are using, especially Tagamet®, Dilantin®, isoniazid, vancomycin, nicotinic acid (niacin), estrogens, birth control pills, thyroid medicine, diuretics (water pills), heart medicine, steroids such as prednisone, or any cold medicines.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are taking metformin.

Fortamet (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, heart disease, kidney disease, or an adrenal or pituitary gland disorder.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
  • You may need to stop using this medicine several days before and after having medical tests or surgery. This medicine may interact with the dye used for an X-ray or CT scan.
  • You may have low blood sugar if you are also taking other medicines for diabetes. Symptoms of low blood sugar include sweating, shaking, weakness, anxiety, drowsiness, extreme hunger, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, confusion, or a headache that won't go away.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • If you get sick, call your doctor for instructions, especially if you have severe vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fever.

Fortamet (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Extreme thirst, changes in urination, or hot, dry skin
  • Muscle pain, trouble breathing, upset stomach, slow or irregular heartbeat, or feeling dizzy, cold, uncomfortable, or weak
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain after you have been taking this medicine for a long time
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Metallic taste in your mouth
  • Mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite when starting treatment or changing doses

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