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How can I minimize the side effects of Glucophage?

You can minimize the side effects of Glucophage (metformin), a drug for treating type 2 diabetes, by taking it as prescribed. Most likely your doctor will start you on a low dose taken once or twice daily with food. If you're taking Glucophage XR, the extended-release form of Glucophage, swallow the pills whole—do not crush or split them.

Some medications can cause side effects when taken with Glucophage. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications (prescription and nonprescription), supplements and herbal remedies you take. Certain medical conditions and alcohol increase your chances of developing a serious side effect called lactic acidosis. Tell your doctor if you have kidney, liver or heart disease, and do not drink large quantities of alcohol or drink frequently while taking Glucophage.
 
Monitor your blood sugar levels to avoid side effects associated with levels that are too high or too low. Tell your doctor if any side effect, such as diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach or a metallic taste, becomes severe or does not go away.

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