Glyciphage 250mg Strip Of 10 Tablets
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Metformin is an anti-diabetic medication that helps in reducing blood sugar levels. It belongs to the biguanides group of antidiabetics.
Uses of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S uses include treating type 2 or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. It is typically prescribed to people with diabetes when changes to diet and exercise do not sufficiently control their blood sugar levels.
Contraindications of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Heart failure
- Severe infections, for example, kidney or lung infection
- Liver disease
- Severe respiratory disease
- Severe kidney disease
- Hypersensitivity (allergic reactions) to metformin
Side effects of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
- Common Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S side effects include stomach ache, loss of appetite, mild diarrhoea, redness, nausea, changes in taste, vomiting, reduced vitamin B12 levels, rashes, hives and itching. A rarely occurring but a serious side effect is lactic acidosis, a condition in which there is a build-up of lactate in the body.read less
- Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S might also cause hepatitis.
Precautions and Warnings of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
Can I take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S during pregnancy?
Your doctor might not prescribe Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S during pregnancy since insulin is preferred over oral antidiabetic medications in pregnant women. Do not take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S without your doctor's advice.
Can I take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S while breastfeeding?
According to reports, Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S passes into the mother's milk. So do not take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S during breastfeeding, unless your doctor recommends you to do so.
Can I drive if I have consumed Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S?
If you take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S with other antidiabetic medications, your blood sugar levels might fall. In such a case, you might experience confusion, faintness and sweating. Therefore, be extra careful while driving. Keep candy or juice handy to help retain sugar levels.
Can I consume alcohol with Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S?
Alcohol might increase the risk of lactic acidosis and reduce blood sugar levels. Please avoid consuming alcohol in excess amounts while taking Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
Consult your doctor immediately if you observe symptoms of lactic acidosis like cramps, stomach pain, vomiting, breathing issues, reduced body temperature and severe heart conditions.
Mode of Action of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
How Does It Work?
Your body is unable to use insulin properly or your pancreas fails to produce enough insulin when you have diabetes mellitus. Due to this, the glucose in the bloodstream cannot be used by the cells, which leads to excess glucose levels in the blood. Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S works by reducing the amount of glucose absorbed from the intestine, which in turn results in lower sugar production by the liver, thereby simplifying the entry of glucose into the cells of the body.
Directions for Use of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
Swallow Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S with water. Do not chew, crush or break the tablet. Follow your doctor's instructions for Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S dosage or follow the instructions on Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S label or leaflet insert.
Interactions of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
Interactions with other medicines
Niacin, diet pills, phenytoin, phenothiazines, pills used for hormone replacement therapy, thyroid medications, diuretics, birth control pills, blood pressure medications and steroids might increase blood sugar levels if taken along with Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S. Cimetidine and furosemide can increase Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S side effects.
Interactions with food items
Long-term therapy with metformin might reduce vitamin B12 absorption.
Other general Interactions
People diagnosed with any condition that might be associated with dehydration should stop taking metformin for a while.
Storage and disposal of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
Store the medicine at room temperature. Keep it away from direct light, moisture and heat. Keep children out of reach. Do not let the tablet freeze.
Dosage of Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S
Overdose might cause symptoms of lactic acidosis like breathing issues, vomiting, muscle cramps and stomach pain. Contact your doctor immediately in case of an overdose.
Missed a Dose
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember having missed it. However, skip taking the missed dose if it is time for your next dose. Do not take excess Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S dosage to make up for the missed dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Can I take pain-killer medications regularly while taking Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S?
A: Long-term use of pain and fever medications can cause kidney damage. So, avoid using these medications if you are diagnosed with diabetes.
Q: Do I need to make dietary changes while taking Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S?
A: Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S works best with a healthy diet and exercise. Follow your dietician's or doctor's advice on following a dietary regimen while taking Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S.
Q: I have an X-ray appointment. Can I still take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S?
A: Your doctor might advise you to skip the dose before going for the X-ray examination.
Q: Will Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S affect my vitamin B12 medication?
A: Long-term Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S therapy might reduce vitamin B12 absorption. Your doctor might advise you an annual screening of vitamin B12 levels to determine changes in vitamin B12 dosage, if needed.
Q: Can Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S affect my liver function?
A: Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S can cause hepatitis and abnormal liver function tests. Inform your doctor immediately if you observe yellowing of the eyes or skin.
Q: Is it safe to take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S during pregnancy?
A: Oral blood glucose-lowering medications are not preferred for pregnant women. Take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S only if prescribed by the doctor.
Q: Can Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S affect my body weight?
A: Weight loss is one of the common side effects seen in people who take Glyciphage 250mg Tab 10'S.
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Last Updated on: 15 Aug 2020 | 04:43 PM (IST)
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