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If I get dehydrated, can I keep taking my metformin?

If you become dehydrated while on metformin (Glucophage, Fortamet), a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, you may need to stop taking the drug temporarily. a, a buildup of lactic acid in the bloodstream that can be very serious -- and sometimes even cause death. Call your doctor right away if you've been sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea, or if you've been drinking less fluid than usual. He or she will tell you if you need to stop taking your medicine.

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