Metformin Side Effects

by Stuart

Metformin is a medication used to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes who are non-insulin dependent. This drug works to control high blood sugar in order to prevent issues such as kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems and loss of limbs. It can also help to lessen the risk of stroke or even heart attack. Metformin’s job is to reduce the amount of sugar the liver makes and that the stomach and intestines absorb.

Possible Effects:

This drug does not seem to have many negative effects although people with hypothyroidism need to be careful and should talk to their doctor before starting the drug.

The following are some of the adverse effects that may occur in patients taking Metformin:
Headache
Abdominal cramps
Nausea
Diarrhea
Vomiting
Flatulence and other gastrointestinal problems
Weight gain

Other Metformin side effects: Some people have reported that they have had an allergic reaction to taking this drug and have reported such issues as rash, difficulty breathing, pain in the chest, mouth or lip swelling. If you experience any of these allergic reactions it is a good idea to consult your doctor immediately.

Although Metformin does not usually cause low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, it may occur if the medication is taken with anti-diabetic drugs. It is best to talk to your doctor first if you are taking other medications. On the other hand, hyperglycemia make result. Symptoms include increased urination, confusion, drowsiness, flushing and rapid breath.

If you experience sweating, shaking, a fast heartbeat, blurred vision or dizziness you might have low level of sugar. Eating or drinking a quick source of sugar such as a candy or fruit juice can often result in the lessening of these symptoms. Low blood sugar can also be a result of consuming too much alcohol, heavy exercise or even not eating enough calories.

You should tell your doctor however, to discuss alternatives or a change in your dosage.


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