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Glucophage SR

Glucophage is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It contains the popular diabetic medication, metformin, which is prescribed to help reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes, or prevent the onset of diabetes if you’re at risk of developing this condition. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the blood glucose levels become too high because the body cannot produce enough insulin or it is not using insulin correctly. Glucophage (metformin) belongs to a group of medicines called biguanides which help to lower blood glucose.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious long term condition that can lead to life-threatening complications such as heart attack and stroke if not properly controlled. This medication is prescribed particularly to those whose diabetes is caused by being overweight and inactive, and are therefore at a greater risk of developing these complications.

See Glucophage Patient Information Leaflet

Last PIL Review Date: 01/07/2019

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  • Allergy to metformin
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  • Uncontrolled diabetes with hyperglycaemia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid weight loss, lactic acidosis or ketoacidosis
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Glucophage is a prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It contains the popular diabetic medication, metformin, which is prescribed to help reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes, or prevent the onset of diabetes if you’re at risk of developing this condition. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the blood glucose levels become too high because the body cannot produce enough insulin or it is not using insulin correctly. Glucophage (metformin) belongs to a group of medicines called biguanides which help to lower blood glucose.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious long term condition that can lead to life-threatening complications such as heart attack and stroke if not properly controlled. This medication is prescribed particularly to those whose diabetes is caused by being overweight and inactive, and are therefore at a greater risk of developing these complications.

See Glucophage Patient Information Leaflet

Last PIL Review Date: 01/07/2019

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How does Glucophage work?

Diabetes is a condition where the the body’s blood sugar levels become to high because of a lack of insulin production, or insulin not being used effectively, and too much glucose in the blood. Glucophage contains the vital ingredient metformin which helps to lower the glucose levels in type 2 diabetics by helping the body to respond better to insulin (a hormone that controls the amount of sugar in the blood) and reducing the amount of glucose the liver produces.

Who is Glucophage suitable for?

Glucophage is suitable for type 2 diabetics and can be taken in conjunction with other diabetic treatments such as insulin. Metformin is the first choice for treating type 2 diabetes and is often combined with other drugs if metformin alone is not effective.

Who is Glucophage not suitable for?

Not everyone with type 2 diabetes will be suitable to take Glucophage due to a number of reasons. If you have other health conditions or are taking other medication which may interact with this drug it may not be a safe option for you. Glucophage may also not be suitable if you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Glucophage and pregnancy

Whilst pregnant your diabetes still needs to be controlled but your method of treatment may need to change. You should discuss the risks of taking Glucophage during pregnancy or if you’re planning to become pregnant with your GP as it may not be recommended, and insulin may be used to control your diabetes. It’s also not recommended that you take this medication if you are breastfeeding.

Glucophage and health conditions

Glucophage may not be suitable if you have other health conditions which could be worsened by taking this medication. It’s important that taking this medication benefits your overall health and does not have any detrimental effects on your existing health conditions. For instance, you should not take Glucophage if you have liver problems, severe reduced kidney function, or have had a heart attack, problems with blood circulation, or breathing difficulties.

If you have diabetes that is uncontrolled and accompanied with other health problems such as severe hyperglycaemia (when blood sugar levels becomes too high), nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid weight loss, lactic acidosis, ketoacidosis, or severe dehydration, you should not take Glucophage.

If you have an allergy to metformin or any other ingredient in Glucophage you will not be suitable to take this medication.

Glucophage and other medication

Depending on whether you’re taking other medication and the type of medication you’re taking, you may not be able to take Glucophage or your dosage may need to be reduced, and regular blood glucose and kidney function tests will be carried out. Before taking this medication you should discuss any other medication with a GP to avoid interaction with drugs and causing unpleasant side effects. There are some specific medications which should be considered when taking Glucophage and these are:

  • Diuretics
  • NSAIDs such as ibuprofen
  • Treatments for high blood pressure such as ACE inhibitors
  • Beta-2 agonists
  • Corticosteroids
  • Other medications to treat diabetes
  • Medicines that could change the amount of Glucophage in the blood such as verapamil

How to take Glucophage

Glucophage should be taken with meals to help prevent unpleasant side effects. A doctor will decide your dosage, but generally Glucophage tablets are taken between 1-3 times a day. Depending on other health problems such as reduced kidney function, you will prescribed a lower dose.

What are the side effects of Glucophage?

Like all medication you may experience some side effects when taking Glucophage but not everyone will suffer these side effects, and some are more rare than others. The more common side effects can affect more than 1 in 10 people whereas the rare side effects can affect as little as 1 in 10,000 people. If you experience any of the following side effects you should consult your GP to discuss alternative medication or lowering your current dose.

Common side effects

Side effects which may be experienced by more people include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in taste

Rare side effects

The more serious side effects do not usually occur very often. Rare side effects of Glucophage include:

  • Lactic acidosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Skin reactions such as redness, itching, rash and hives
  • Low vitamin B

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects and you should consult your patient information leaflet for more details. You may also experience some side effects which are not listed on the patient information leaflet, and if so, you should speak to your GP to find out if the changes to your health are related to this medication.

How effective is Glucophage?

Glucophage is effective at treating type 2 diabetes when taken alongside a healthy diet and exercise. It can reduce blood glucose levels and prevent the serious life-threatening complications of diabetes.

How to buy Glucophage online

Glucophage is available on prescription only and if you regularly take this medication buying online may be the most convenient and fastest way of getting access to it, rather than visiting your GP surgery. Doctor-4-U has GMC registered doctors on hand to review your condition and suitability to take this medication. Simply fill in a medical consultation form which will be reviewed by our online doctors and once you have been approved for this medication it will be dispensed in our UK-based pharmacy and delivered via a tracked courier service.

Dosage instructions
Two or three tablets per day. Space the doses out accordingly. The maximum daily dose is 2000mg, taken as separate administrations.