Glucophage: Glucophage tablets (and Glucophage SR tablets) each have an active ingredient known as Metformin hydrochloride. Glucophage is an oral diabetes pill that assists to control the blood sugar levels.
Glucophage is practiced together with diet and exercise to enhance blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Metformin is widely used to control blood glucose levels amongst people with type 2 diabetes.
Dosages of Glucophage
There is no fixed dosage for management type 2 diabetes with GLUCOPHAGE or GLUCOPHAGE XR. The dosage of GLUCOPHAGE or GLUCOPHAGE XR requirement is individualized on the basis of both effectiveness and toleration. The highest daily dose of GLUCOPHAGE is 2550 mg in adults and 2000 mg in pediatric patients; the maximum prescribed the daily dose of GLUCOPHAGE XR in adults is 2000 mg.
The typical starting dose of GLUCOPHAGE is 500 mg twice a day or 850 mg once a day. Dosage increases should be made in 500 mg weekly or 850 mg every 2 weeks. For these patients expecting additional glycemic control, GLUCOPHAGE may be given to the highest daily dose of 2550 mg per day. Doses over 2000 mg may be better tolerated given 3 times a day with meals.
Commonly Used Brand Name: Fortamet, Glumetza, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Riomet
Common side effects of Glucophage
- Feeling very weak, tired, or uncomfortable
- Upset stomach
- Unusual muscle pain
- Trouble breathing
- Feeling cold
- Suddenly developing a slow or irregular heartbeat
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
However, these effects normally diminish as your body adjusts to the medication. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed by your doctor.