About Your MEdicAtions
Metformin is used to treat Type 2 or non-insulin dependent
diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Its actions differ from other
If you have any
medications used for diabetes. Most stimulate the pancreas
to produce more insulin. Metformin works by reducing the
amount of sugar the liver sends into the bloodstream. Because
of this, Metformin is often taken in addition to other diabetes
medicines to improve their effect. Taking medications to help improve your blood sugar is an important way to help prevent
the complications of diabetes.please ask
Dosage and Administration
This medicine is taken by mouth with the meal. Your doctor will determine the dose and how often you should take Metformin.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the next dose.
If you are taking Metformin with other diabetes pills, low blood
sugar can occur. Metformin, alone, rarely causes low blood
Along with the needed effects, a drug may cause some
unwanted effects. Other side effects may occur but go away as
your body adjusts to the medicine.
Contact your doctor if any of the following persist:
Check with your doctor right away if you suddenly note:
■ Unusual muscle pain or cramping.
■ Remember it is important to follow your scheduled meal plan.
■ Certain medicines may affect the way Metformin works. Tell your doctor about
any prescribed or over-the-counter medicines you are taking.
■ Do not take any other medicine unless prescribed or approved by your doctor.
■ Avoid alcoholic beverages until you have discussed their use with your doctor.
■ If you are on Metformin and are considering pregnancy please discuss diabetes
■ Do not take Metformin if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding.
■ If you are scheduled for any diagnostic test that involves the use of an iodine
injection, Metformin must be stopped for a few days. Please talk with your doctor for specific instructions and ways to manage your diabetes during this time.
■ For more information on diabetes ask your doctor or contact the Outpatient
Diabetes Nurse Educator at: 312-926-2213 or 926-4980.
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Para asistencia en español, por favor llamar a el departamento de representantes para pacientes al 312-926-3112.
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Developed by: Department of Pharmacy and the Diabetes Nurse Clinicians
October 1999 Northwestern Memorial HospitalFor more information about Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please visit www.nmh.org.
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