METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet)

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shelf life of metformin hcl er

What is the shelf life for Metformin hcl er? How old can the tablets be to still be effective?
by Randy in muncie, in, 02/16/2007

it is a good?

it is good for diabetic person?
by rodolfe in philippines, 06/21/2007


I have been advised to take Three 500 mg Metformin before my evening dinner and one before breakfast.  Is Three (1500 mg )too many tablets to take at one time. This was adjusted from Two twice a day, the reason was to lower my morning readin...
by Leigh in Mid Hudson Valley-New York State USA, 07/27/2007

What are the side effects of Metformin HCL?

Because I reveive my meds from the VA I dp not get a sheet outlining possible side effects. I would like to have this information. Thanks. George B. Stevens  
by George B. in Mooresville, NC, 06/14/2006

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METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet) Drug and Prescription Information

METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet)

METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet) Medication Classification

METFORMIN (By mouth)

METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet) Brandname

Glucophage XR, Glucophage, Metformin HCl, Fortamet, Riomet

METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet) 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 METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet)

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 METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet)

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 METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet) Storage

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

What To Avoid While Using METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet)

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.

METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet) 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.

METFORMIN (Oral) (Tablet) 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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Nicola, New Zealand - 11/24/2012

I currently use Metformin for Insulin Resistance which is also known as Pre-Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. I was suffering with high blood sugar in the mornings which was of great concern. I put on 40 kgs of weight prior to learning my condition.
I was always craving carbhydrate, Energy drinks, Sweets and chips. Since being on Metformin 500mg a day, I don't get those cravings. I have also lost 20kgs in 3 months. I have alot more energy. I haven't noticed any side effects either I feel like this medication has saved my life.