Glumetza and/or Equivalents
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|Glumetza 500mg and/or Equivalents||Glumetza|
|Glumetza 1000mg and/or Equivalents||Glumetza|
Glumetza Drug Description
Glumetza or metformin is an oral medication used for treating diabetes type two and belongs to a class of drugs known as biguanides. Glumetza reduces the glucose amount that is absorbed from food and it also decreases the glucose amount manufactured by the liver. It also maximises your bodily response to insulin but is not meant for treating diabetes type one.
Conditions Treated by Glumetza
Glumetza is an oral medication that assists in the controlling of blood sugar levels in the body and is used for treating diabetes Mellitus or type 2 diabetes. It is also used to prevent diabetes type II, gestational diabetes in pregnancy and ovarian cysts. It may be prescribed in conjunction with other medications or insulin, but metformin is not intended for treating diabetes type one.
Glumetza Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
Typical dosage recommendations for those beginning their treatment are 1000 mg to be taken once daily. Your physician may increase the dosage to 2000 mg per day based on how you respond. Those who take insulin are prescribed with 500 mg of Glumetza that has to be taken once every day.
b.) Missing A Dose
If you forget to take a dose of Glumetza, take it as soon as you can. However, if you are already nearing the next dosing schedule, consume the next dose at your usual time and throw out the missed dose. Under no circumstance should you take a double dose of Glumetza to compensate for your missed dose.
If you suspect an overdose, immediately contact your provincial or local poison control centre. Rush the patient to the nearest ER if he or she has stopped breathing or has collapsed. You should also notify emergency services.
If you know you are allergic to metformin, stay away from Glumetza. Glumetza is off limits for you if you are suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis. Stop taking Glumetza temporarily if you undergo CT scan or X Ray where the technician injects a dye in your veins. If you have a history of heart ailments or liver problems/diseases, inform your physician who will decide if metformin is right for you. There are a few patients who can contract lactic acidosis as a result of taking Glumetza. It can turn fatal. This life threatening condition can develop if you drink lots of alcohol, if you drink little water and are dehydrated or are suffering from a severe infection, congestive heart failure, kidney or liver disease. This is also a pregnancy category B drug. If you are planning to conceive or have already conceived or are breast feeding, you should consult your doctor before taking Glumetza. It is best to avoid Glumetza if you are a nursing mother. If you are forced to take metformin while nursing, stop breast feeding as it may harm your baby (though it has not been established or proven by medical studies). If a kid is younger than 17 years of age, he or she should not be prescribed with extended release Glumetza. Glumetza is not intended for use by kids under 10 years of age.
Glumetza Side Effects
Common side effects of Glumetza are metallic after taste in your mouth, weakness, diarrhoea, upset stomach, vomiting and nausea. The stomach symptoms of oral Glumetza are syndromes of lactic acidosis. Do not be alarmed if you find empty tablet shells in your stool because this is normal and totally harmless. Glumetza may cause a drop in blood sugar levels – hypoglycaemia – if used in conjunction with anti diabetic drugs. Symptoms of hypoglycaemia include tingling feet, tingling hands, dizziness, blurred vision, hunger, rapid heartbeat, trembling and sudden sweating. You may need to carry glucose gel or tablets at all times to combat situations like these. If you experience the symptoms of lactic acidosis which can turn deadly, discontinue taking Glumetza immediately and contact your physician. You should seek emergency medical intervention right away if you notice even the milder lactic acidosis symptoms – uneven or sluggish heart beat, abdominal pain accompanied by vomiting and nausea, feelings of weakness, fatigue, light headedness, dizziness, trouble in breathing, muscle weakness or pain and numbness in your limbs or limbs becoming cold. Patients rarely ever experience severe allergic reactions after taking Glumetza. However, if you experience difficulty in breathing, severe dizziness, swelling or itching of the throat, tongue or face or rashes, you should seek immediate medical intervention. If any of your other symptoms which may or may not be listed here causes you trouble or becomes bothersome, get medical assistance. Some of the less serious Glumetza side effects include stomach pain, gas, diarrhoea, vomiting, mild nausea, weakness, muscle pain and headache. Flu symptoms, body aches, chills, fever, rapid weight gain, swelling and shortness of breath caused by mild exertion are classified as serious side effects.
Glumetza Drug Interactions
Close to 5000 generic and brand name medications interact with metformin. Drugs that interact with Glumetza are:
- Cholecalciferol or Vitamin D3
- Levothyroxine or Synthroid
- Montelukast or Singulair
- Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
- Insulin Glargine
This is not a complete list of all medications that may interact with Glumetza. You are advised to avoid alcohol consumption while taking Glumetza as it may exacerbate the occurrence of lactic acidosis. There are also a few disease interactions that you should be aware of. There is a high plausibility of contracting anaemia, vomiting, diarrhoea, acidosis, asphyxia, myocardial infarction, shock, sepsis, dehydration, congestive heart failure, liver disease and renal dysfunction that may be potentially hazardous. As such you are advised to present your pharmacist or physician with a complete list of all drugs and medications you take including prescription and non prescription over the counter drugs, herbal supplements, herbal concoctions, multivitamins, multiminerals and health supplements. Consult your physician before starting a new medication or stopping any of the prescribed medications.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.