GLUCOPHAGE 850 MG
Glucophage contains metformin, a medicine to treat diabetes. It belongs to a group of medicines called bi-guanides.
Glucophage is used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes (also called ‘non-insulin dependent diabetes’) when diet and exercise alone have not been enough to control your blood glucose levels. It is used particularly in overweight patients.
• Used as a monotherapy or in combination with other oral antidiabetic agents or insulin products in adults and children suffering from a diabetic disease.
• Treatment of diabetic complications in overweight type 2 diabetic adult patients as first-line therapy after diet failure.
• Digestive problems as feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting), diarrhea, bellyache (abdominal pain) and loss of appetite, changes in taste.
• Allergic skin reactions such as redness of the skin (Erythema), itching or an itchy rash (hives).
• Lowered blood levels of Vitamin B12.
• Severe: Lactic acidosis. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include vomiting, stomach ache (abdominal pain), muscle cramps, a general feeling of not being well with severe tiredness, difficulty in breathing, reduced body temperature and heartbeat. If this happens you must stop taking Glucophage and contact a doctor or the nearest hospital immediately.
Adults usually start with 500 mg or 850 mg Glucophage two or three times a day. The maximum daily dose is 3000 mg taken as 3 divided doses. If you have reduced kidney function, you may need a lower dose.
Take Glucophage with or after a meal. This will avoid you having side effects affecting your digestion. Do not crush or chew the tablets. Swallow each tablet with a glass of water.
If you take one dose a day, take it in the morning (breakfast)
If you take two divided doses a day, take them in the morning (breakfast) and evening (dinner)
If you take three divided doses a day, take them in the morning (breakfast), at noon (lunch) and in the evening (dinner)