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Metformin, a diabetes drug, was approved by the FDA in 1994, and since then tens of millions of Americans with diabetes have taken it daily to control their blood sugar. Metformin is declared as one of the best drugs used to control your blood sugar levels, which is highly important for pre-diabetic and diabetic patients, and specifically in the life of obese individuals. In fact, Metformin is recommended in 2019 guidelines as the first-line drug treatment for new patients, along with diet and exercise.

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So these are the basic things that you need to know about the drug known as Metformin or any similar sort of drug. Our expert team has put together some handy information to answer questions you might have.

What is Metformin?

Metformin hydrochloride is the active ingredient in the medication. Metformin belongs to a pharmacological class called biguanide. The term “biguanidine” refers to a class of drugs that function as oral antihyperglycemic drugs used for diabetes mellitus or prediabetes treatment.

Metformin is used with a proper diet and exercise program and possibly with other medications to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. 

Mechanism of Action

Metformin lowers your blood sugar levels to help insulin work correctly within the body. The pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that aids the body to use or store the energy contained in glucose (sugars). In type 2 diabetes the insulin produced by the body cannot work effectively, causing high blood sugar. Metformin helps to regulate this process. It works by helping to restore your body’s proper response to the insulin you naturally produce.

Metformin acts by increasing the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin, allowing the body to absorb and use sugar. It also slows down the production of sugar in the liver, slowing down the rate it is absorbed into the bloodstream from the intestine. 

In what forms does Metformin come?

Metformin oral tablet comes in two forms: immediate-release and extended-release. The immediate-release tablet is available as the brand-name drug Glucophage. The extended-release tablet is available as the brand-name drugs Glucophage XR, Fortamet, and Glumetza. Both tablet forms are also available as generic drugs. 

Metformin hydrochloride is also one of the ingredients in the following combination medications: Janumet, Metforalmille, Metforal, Metfonorm, Slowmet, Zuglimet and others.

Metformin vs Metformin XR

Metformin XR is a slow (extended) release version of Metformin. It may be more suitable for individuals who experience side effects with the standard medicine. With the slow release tablet, Metformin is released gradually into the bloodstream. It has less of a fast acting effect and you will take it less often. 

How quickly does Metformin work? 

Metformin is a quick acting medicine that will start to work in the first 48 hours after beginning the medication. In some cases, it can take 4-5 days to kick in. Metformin slow release has a gradual effect and is slowly (extended) released into the bloodstream. Anyway, taking the medicine is designed for a long period; you should not expect a quick effect.

Metformin and PCOS

Metformin is sometimes prescribed to help women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). As the medication lowers and controls the blood sugar and insulin levels, this helps ovulation to occur, in turn regulating the menstrual cycle.

How to take Metformin

Always follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take Metformin as the dose will vary depending on the severity of your symptoms. You should take Metformin with or after food. Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water. It is common to start out on a low dose and have it gradually increased over the course of a couple of weeks. 

Why should I take Metformin after a meal?

It is best to take Metformin with or after a meal as this helps to reduce the side effects associated with the medication. Taking it on an empty stomach makes it more likely to cause nausea. 

Dosage and Administration

There have been no human studies to identify the optimal dose of metformin. For people who want to derive the many proven health benefits of metformin, it might be prudent to follow the dosage schedule used by type II diabetics.

According to the Physician’s Desk Reference, the starting dose for treating type 2 diabetes in adults should be 500 mg of Metformin (immediate-release tablets) twice a day. An alternative option is 850 mg of medication once a day. After one week, if necessary, increase the dose to 1000 mg as the first dose of the day and 500 mg as the second dose. After another week, increase to 1000 mg two times a day. The maximum safe dose is 2550 mg a day (which should be taken as 850 mg three times a day).

In case of taking extended-release tablets initial dose is 500 mg to 1000 mg orally once a day with the evening meal. Increase the dose to 500 mg weekly if required. Maximum dose: 2000 mg a day.

Patients receiving immediate-release may switch to extended-release once a day at the same total daily dose (up to 2000 mg/day).

Metformin for PCOS (using immediate-release medicines): initially 500 mg once daily for 1 week, dose to be taken with breakfast, then 500 mg twice daily for 1 week, dose to be taken with breakfast and evening meal, then 1.5–1.7 g daily in 2–3 divided doses.

Metformin Cost

The drug is presented for sale under both brand and generic names. Generics usually cost less than brand-name versions, therefore, may be more accessible to some groups of patients.

The cost for Metformin oral tablet 500 mg is around €0.35 for a supply of 90 tablets, oral tablet 850 mg is around €0.60 for a supply of 90 tablets depending on the pharmacy you visit.

Metformin is a prescription medicine. Still, you can find it in some online pharmacies without a prescription. In this case, you should always be careful to have as much information as possible about the pharmacy and its products so as not to purchase counterfeit drugs.

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Side Effects

Diabetes medicines affect each person differently. These medicines can sometimes cause side effects. The side effects will depend on your body and the type of medicine you are taking. 

Metformin side effects

Common side effects include: 

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • A metallic taste

The most common side effects of Metformin in men and women are nausea and diarrhea, which usually go away over time.

Rare side effects may include: 

  • Lactic acidosis 
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Rash 
  • Itching or flushing of the skin 
  • Inflamed liver 

Contraindications

Metformin is not suitable for everyone. Consult your doctor if any of the following apply to you: 

  • You are allergic to Metformin 
  • You’ve had an allergic reaction to other medicines in the past
  • You have problems with your liver or kidneys 
  • You have a severe infection 
  • You have recently had a heart attack
  • You are being treated for heart failure 
  • You have severe circulation problems 
  • You have difficulty breathing 
  • You drink large amounts of alcohol  
  • You are scheduled to have surgery
  • You are having an x-ray or scan where iodine is injected into the blood

How to cope with side effects

If you experience nausea then you may be prescribed a smaller dose to begin with, which will increase gradually over a couple of weeks. This gives your body a chance to get used to the medicine. Take Metformin with food and drink frequent sips of water, especially if you experience vomiting and diarrhea. Sugar-free gum can help to reduce a metallic taste in the mouth. 

Will Metformin cause hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, is a possible side effect of taking Metformin. This is uncommon however and more likely to occur when Metformin is combined with other medications. Feeling dizzy, tired and hungry are signs that your blood sugar is low, although the symptoms may vary from person to person.

Will Metformin affect my contraception?

Metformin will not affect the contraceptive pill. However, if you are starting the pill while taking Metformin then inform your doctor as your dose may need to be adjusted. 

Metformin and alcohol

You can drink alcohol while taking Metformin but it is advised not to exceed the recommended daily intake as alcohol can cause your blood sugar to drop too low. Avoiding drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can help. 

Metformin and pregnancy

Metformin is safe to use during pregnancy and for women who are breastfeeding. 

Does Metformin affect your blood pressure?

Metformin has not been shown to have a significant impact on your blood pressure. The medication targets your blood sugar levels but it is possible for it to lower the blood pressure slightly. 

Drug interactions

Certain medications may interfere with Metformin. If you are taking any of the following then your blood sugar may need to be monitored more regularly: 

  • Water tablets 
  • Steroids 
  • Treatments for high blood pressure
  • Treatments for heart problems 
  • Hormone treatments 
  • Additional treatments for diabetes 

If you are taking any other medicines, including herbal remedies, then always inform your doctor to ensure that they won’t interact with Metformin. 

Lifestyle changes to help in treatment diabetes

The foods you eat can have an affect on your blood sugar, causing it to spike. For example, switching to whole grain pasta and bread instead of white carbohydrates. Smoking and large amounts of alcohol can also have an adverse affect on your insulin levels.

Changing in lifestyle factors can help greatly in managing your blood sugar in type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking and cutting down on alcohol  (sticking to two units of alcohol each day is recommended) are all positive changes which you can make. Eating a healthy diet is important and getting regular exercise is also beneficial.

Metformin is most effective when taken alongside a healthy diet and regular activity.

Q&A

Why is Metformin only used to treat type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes is when the body does not produce enough insulin to effectively regulate blood sugar levels, which can be controlled by the use of Metformin and making lifestyle changes. With type 1 diabetes the body does not produce any insulin and therefore those suffering with type 1 diabetes require regular insulin injections to treat their illness.

Is Metformin a cure?

Metformin helps to manage type 2 diabetes to allow you to live your life to the full. It is not a cure as it is usually taken for life.

How safe is Metformin?

Metformin is safe for long term use provided it is taken correctly and you follow the directions given by your doctor. It has been designed to be taken in this manner in order to successfully control your blood sugar and manage your diabetes.

The medication is not suitable for everyone, for example if you have liver, kidney or heart problems. Your doctor will assess your medical history and symptoms to determine if the medicine is safe for you to use. 

Originally, Metformin was known under the brand name Glucophage. But it is now been around long enough to go off patent and become generic. Which means it has been proven safe by the tens of millions of patients who have taken it over at least seven years, and now much longer.

Can Metformin be used for weight loss?

Because metformin does not cause weight gain and may help with weight loss, it is commonly prescribed for overweight people with type 2 diabetes. Metformin is known to be marginally beneficial for weight loss. Metformin stimulates the breakdown of fat.