Metformin, or glucophage, is an oral diabetes medication that is commonly prescribed to control blood sugar levels. This medication makes it easier for your body to absorb available glucose in the bloodstream. Metformin is generally a safe medication; however, some patients may experience lactic acidosis, which results in muscle pain, difficulty breathing, slow or uneven heart rate, weakness, dizziness and stomach pain. In addition, metformin may cause weight loss as a side effect, which can be beneficial if you are trying to lose weight.
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Schedule and appointment with your physician to determine is metformin is an appropriate medication for control of diabetes and weight loss. Be sure to let your doctor know of other medications you are taking, in particular the medications related to diabetes. Bring in at least a week's worth of before and after-meal blood sugar recordings.
Take metformin with a meal, whether it is prescribed once per day or twice per day. Avoid eating high-calorie, fatty foods while taking metformin. Focus on consuming more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. Check your blood sugar levels after eating.
Drink a full glass of water each time you take metformin. It will also make you feel full and reduce your cravings to eat.