Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What is Metformin and How Does it Work?

Metformin is a medicine use to treat Diabetes Type II, also known as non-insulin dependent type. Diabetes is a disease that happens when the body does not use the insulin properly or the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. When this occurs, the glucose level in the blood goes up. 

Metformin works by lowering the level of glucose in the blood. Over a long period of time of using Metformin, the chances of acquiring complications related to diabetes was reduced. 

Normal blood glucose levels can be controlled by diet and exercise. If that doesn't work, that's the time metformin was prescribed. Metformin is mostly given to overweight patients. 

The common side effects of Metformin are nausea (feeling sick), vomiting (being sick), diarrhea, abdominal pain (bellyache), and loss of appetite. These side effects are more likely to occur during early weeks of treatment with Metformin. In order to avoid these effects, take the doses as prescribed and take it with food or after meal. 

Among the famous brands of Metformin are the following:
  1. Glucophage
  2. Humamet
  3. Fornidd
  4. Glumet
  5. Horsulin
  6. Neoform
  7. Glucopres
Metformin is usually available in 500 mg and 850 mg tablet. Doctor's signed script is needed for this medication. 

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