Metformin HCl (Oral)

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metformin hcl can be used for wheit loss?

i want to know if i can use metformin hcl for wheit loss safly.
by shaimaa yahia in abu_teeg,assiut,egypt, 07/01/2007

Metformin hcl and male sexual drive

I would like to know if there is any relationship between this drug, metformin HCL, and the male sex drive. I started taking two medications at about the same time, metformin HCL and Lisinopril and wonder if either of these two medications can reduce ...
by R in Orlando, FL, 07/15/2006


I started taking 500mg Metformin HCL about one week ago and as a result I experienced a heaviness in my mouth and my tongue felt blistered which caused me difficulty with eating. Please tell me whether the medication caused this problem? BE ADVISED TH...

concern for friend

My friend has just recently started taking Metformin Hcl (500 mg). She does not have a low insulin level or any symptoms of diabetes. Actually she is taking the medicine to lose weight. It seems to be working, but my concern is that she is doing serio...
by gina in Milton, MA, 10/11/2006

side effects

My boyfriend is taking the Metforming 500mg, for his diabetes, the doctor told him to take it at bedtime, the pharmacist tells him to take it with food (dinner time)  who is correct ???? In the morning, he as a pain in is neck, very sweating, no ...
by domenica in Ontario, Canada, 07/24/2007

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Metformin HCl (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Metformin HCl (Oral)

Metformin HCl (Oral) Medication Classification

METFORMIN (By mouth)

Metformin HCl (Oral) Brandname

Glucophage XR, Glucophage, Metformin HCl, Fortamet, Riomet

Metformin HCl (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 Metformin HCl (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 Metformin HCl (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 Metformin HCl (Oral) Storage

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

What To Avoid While Using Metformin HCl (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.

Metformin HCl (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.

Metformin HCl (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

Metformin HCl (Oral) Ratings

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Metformin HCl (Oral)

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: ***


Zhanna, Zhanna - 01/14/2014

I don't know if this is a painless mniiarge symptom , but it could be a sign of diabetic retinopathy. It's a condition that can be common if your diabetes is not under control. Keep in mind that diabetes isn't just about high blood sugar, it's a vascular condition that can affect the heart, eyes and vascular system. I would definitely not just chalk it up to a mniiarge, but get to an ophthalmologist. There is treatment for diabetic retinopathy, but if left unchecked, it can lead to blindness.

Metformin HCl (Oral)

Effectiveness: **

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: *


Cynthia Kratina, Talladega AL - 06/09/2009

3 years ago I began using Metaformin. I began with 500 mg and by the end I was at 2000 mg. I had a CTScan and stopped using this drug. Immediately I realized a positive change in my health over all. The two biggest changes were that I no longer had internal shaking and I had more energy. Since I have stopped taking Metformin, I feel better than I have in the 3 previous years.

Metformin HCl (Oral)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: **


CLARENCE, Pelham AL - 11/16/2009

My use of Metformin has left me frustrated because I have gained weigt as opposed to lost weight. Not to mention, my blood sugar was lower initially and then increased even though I ate a healthy diet. I exercise regularly but it apparently does not have any effect.