How to Take Glucophage

Many people who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus are able to manage the condition with simple diet and exercise changes. However, there is a significant number of diabetics who must be put on some form of oral medication. Glucophage, also known as metformin, is the most widely used medication for diabetics. Here are some things to remember if you have to take Glucophage.


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    Discuss this medication with your doctor. It can only be obtained with a prescription.
    • Ask questions. Your doctor can inform you and help alleviate any concerns you might have.
    • Make sure you understand any special instructions concerning Glucophage.
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    Consult with your pharmacist.
    • This is especially important if this is the first time you will be taking Glucophage.
    • Your pharmacist may recommend that you purchase metformin, which is the generic form of Glucophage and costs less.
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    Follow the directions on the prescription.
    • Your doctor has reasons for the prescribed dosage. Do not deviate from the instructions provided before consulting with your doctor.
    • Many times Glucophage is prescribed for type 2 diabetes in incremental dosages. This means you may start out on a low dose and, each time you visit your doctor, your dosage may be increased.
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    Take Glucophage at the same time every day.
    • You may be required to take your medication from 1-to-3 times per day. Since Glucophage, or metformin, has a half-life of 6 to 17 hours, it will stay in your system and continue to be effective for this period of time. Metformin peaks in the system 1-3 hours after taking it.
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    Take your dosage with a full glass of water.
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    Eat something prior to taking each dose.
    • Glucophage can upset your stomach. taking the medication on an empty stomach can intensify the side effects.
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    Take blood sugar readings regularly.
    • It is important to monitor the medication's effect on your blood sugar and report the results to your doctor.
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    See your doctor regularly.


  • Glucophage is a medication that has been shown to help alleviate some of the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and also can be an aid in weight loss. The dosages for these conditions may be substantially different than when the medication is prescribed for diabetes mellitus.


  • Seek medical attention if your side effects are severe.

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