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GLUCOPHAGE is the brand name for metformin and is available as an oral tablet.

What dosages is GLUCOPHAGE available in?

What dosages is GLUCOPHAGE available in?

GLUCOPHAGE is available as a 500 mg, 850 mg, and 1000 mg oral tablet.

What is GLUCOPHAGE used for?

What is GLUCOPHAGE used for?

GLUCOPHAGE is a biguanide that is used to treat type 2 diabetes.

How does GLUCOPHAGE work?

How does GLUCOPHAGE work?

GLUCOPHAGE is a biguanide, which uses many methods to lower your blood sugar. It lowers the amount of sugar your body makes and absorbs from food. It also helps your body respond better to insulin.

How do I take GLUCOPHAGE?

How do I take GLUCOPHAGE?

GLUCOPHAGE is typically started as 500 mg by mouth twice daily or 850 mg by mouth once daily. Depending on how well it works, the dose can be raised to a total of 2,550 mg by mouth per day split into a few doses throughout the day.

Is it safe for me to take GLUCOPHAGE?

Is it safe for me to take GLUCOPHAGE?

GLUCOPHAGE is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have severe renal impairment (eGFR below 30 mL/min/1.73 m2), a hypersensitivity to metformin, or acute or chronic metabolic acidosis, including diabetic ketoacidosis, with or without coma.

GLUCOPHAGE Common Side Effects

GLUCOPHAGE Common Side Effects

Common side effects of GLUCOPHAGE include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Gas
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
GLUCOPHAGE Serious Side Effects

GLUCOPHAGE Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with GLUCOPHAGE. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Lactic acidosis: muscle pain, severe abdominal pain, shallow breathing, tiredness, weakness, change in heartbeat
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on GLUCOPHAGE

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on GLUCOPHAGE

The following medications may interact with GLUCOPHAGE:

  • Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors – May increase risk of lactic acidosis
  • Drugs that reduce metformin clearance (such as ranolazine, vandetanib, dolutegravir, and cimetidine) – May increase the accumulation of metformin
  • Alcohol – Can potentiate the effect of metformin on lactate metabolism


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Is GLUCOPHAGE safe in pregnancy?

Is GLUCOPHAGE safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if GLUCOPHAGE will harm your unborn baby. You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medication if you are pregnant.


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