Glucophage, or metformin, is an oral diabetes medication used to control blood sugar levels, states Drugs.com. Glucophage may be used with other oral medications or insulin to control diabetes. Common side effects of glucophage include heartburn, metallic taste in the mouth, gas and stomach ache. However, glucophage has favorable side effects in overweight or obese patients, which includes a decrease in appetite and weight loss, notes MayoClinic.com. For maximal weight loss, the regular use of metformin and adherence to a diet and exercise program are necessary.
Schedule an appointment with your physician to have blood sugar levels checked to determine if you have diabetes. If you already know that you have diabetes, return for regular follow-up appointments to have your blood sugar levels checked. Ask your doctor if glucophage is an appropriate diabetes medication for you to take.
Take glucophage as prescribed by your physician. If you miss a dose, you should take your dose as soon as you remember, unless it is time for your next dose. In this case, do not double up the medication.
Change your dietary habits to lose weight using glucophage. You must reduce your portion size, and eat healthy, low-calorie foods. Avoid fast foods, candies and sugary beverages. Include more fruits, vegetables, wheats, legumes and lean meats, poultry and fish in your diet. Check your weight daily to make sure you are losing weight.
Begin an exercise program after getting approval from your doctor to start one. Regular exercise burns additional calories that will aid in weight loss while taking glucophage. You must be aware of your blood sugar levels when exercising and taking metformin. Metformin may make your blood sugar levels too low, particularly if you are participating in intense exercise. Therefore, always keep glucose tablets or candy with you when exercising in case you begin to feel dizzy, lightheaded or fatigued. Check your blood sugar as soon as you can. Call 911 if you do not feel better after taking glucose tablets.