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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Metformin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Metformin must be taken regularly for it to work well. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
Metformin must be taken with food.
If you are taking an extended-release type of Metformin, swallow the tablet whole with food. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Some people, especially the elderly or those with kidney disease, may be more likely to develop a condition called "lactic acidosis" while on Metformin. You may be having "lactic acidosis" if you feel like vomiting, experience stomach pain or extreme tiredness, breathlessness and dizziness. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
You may have been warned about hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia is the medical term for low blood sugar. It is important to recognise the symptoms of hypoglycaemia and correct the low blood sugar level. If you don't, you may faint.
How do I know if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?
Some of the symptoms of hypoglycaemia include dizziness, headache, shaky hands, feeling hungry, weak or confused, problems speaking. These symptoms are your body's way of warning you that your blood sugar is dangerously low.
What should I do if I am experiencing hypoglycaemia?
You should take a drink or food containing sugar (for example, fruit juice, soft drinks, sweets) at the first sign of hypoglycaemia. If your symptoms do not improve, get medical help. Keep some glucose tablets (also known as dextrose tablets) with you at all times.
When should I not use this medicine?
Metformin may not be suitable for you if you suffer from heart, liver, kidney, adrenal or pituitary disease.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are going for an operation, dental work or any X-ray procedure in which a dye is injected, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Metformin. You may need to stop taking Metformin before the procedure and wait 48 hours to restart your medicine.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
It is important for you to maintain a healthy diet and weight in order to help keep your diabetes under control.
Why do I need this medicine?
Metformin helps treat diabetes by reducing the amount of sugar you absorb from the food you eat. It also reduces the amount of sugar made by your liver. Metformin increases your body's response to insulin and this helps to keep your blood sugar in control.
Metformin is meant to be taken as part of a complete diabetes care programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.
What side effects could I experience?
You may experience some stomach discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, wind (gas), indigestion or diarrhoea. This is expected and will pass with time. Take Metformin with food as this will help reduce the stomach discomfort.
You may experience an unusual taste in the mouth while you are on Metformin.
If you are taking the extended-release type of Metformin, you may see a small tablet-shaped casing in your bowel movements. This is normal; do not be alarmed. This casing is just an empty shell; the medicine inside it has already been absorbed by your body.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
A type of heart medicine called beta-blockers may mask the symptoms of hypoglycaemia when taken with Metformin. Some examples of beta-blockers are metoprolol, atenolol and propranolol.
Inform your doctor if you are taking diuretics (medicines to remove excess water) such as hydrochlorothiazide; a group of heart medicine such as captopril or enalapril; a type of gastric medicine called cimetidine or birth control pills.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.