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Who should not take Glucophage?

People should not take Glucophage (metformin) to treat type 2 diabetes if they have the following conditions, which can increase the risk of developing a serious complication known as lactic acidosis:
  • reduced kidney function or other kidney problems
  • liver problems
  • heart failure that is being treated with medication
  • a serious condition, such as heart attack, stroke or infection
  • dehydration
Those who expect to have surgery or who have recently been given an injectable contrast agent or dye for an X-ray should also avoid the drug, as should those who drink significant amounts of alcohol.

Glucophage is not recommended for children younger than 10 years old or those 80 or older who have not had a kidney function test.

Glucophage could pose risks for a developing fetus or nursing baby, so women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should discuss the potential risks and benefits of the drug with their doctors. Be sure to talk with your doctor about your other medical conditions and medications to make sure this drug is right for you.

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