Advertisement

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.

Continue Learning about Metformin

Metformin: Could This Common Drug Prolong Your Life?
Metformin: Could This Common Drug Prolong Your Life?
Metformin, a common prescription drug that’s used to treat type 2 diabetes, is making headlines worldwide—but the big news has nothing to do with diab...
Read More
Why does metformin make me nauseated?
Brooke RandolphBrooke Randolph
It appears that some people may be terminating metformin, a medication commonly prescribed for d...
More Answers
What happens if I miss a dose of metformin?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
If you miss a dose of metformin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next...
More Answers
Is my father at risk of lactic acidosis from taking metformin?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Anyone who takes the diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage, Fortamet) can be at risk of developing...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.