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What should I know about Glucophage before taking it?

Before taking Glucophage (metformin), you should know some potential risks associated with this medication. Glucophage may increase the risk for a condition called lactic acidosis, which involves a buildup of acid in the blood and can become life-threatening. If you develop symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as shortness of breath, light-headedness, fainting, weakness, slowed heartbeat, feeling cold, muscle or stomach pain, or unusual sleepiness, get emergency medical attention immediately. People who have kidney disease, liver disease, or congestive heart failure are at a greater risk for lactic acidosis. The risk for lactic acidosis may also be greater for people who are elderly, drink alcohol, have a severe infection, or are dehydrated. To reduce your risk for this serious complication, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions before taking Glucophage.

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