Carefully follow the special meal plan your doctor gave you. This is a very important part of controlling your condition, and is necessary if the medicine is to work properly. Also, exercise regularly and test for sugar in your blood or urine as directed. Metformin should be taken with meals to help reduce stomach or bowel side effects that may occur during the first few weeks of treatment. Swallow the tablet or extended-release tablet whole with a full glass of water. While taking the extended-release tablet, part of the tablet may pass into your stool after your body has absorbed the medicine. Measure the oral liquid with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid. Use only the brand of this medicine that your doctor prescribed. You may notice improvement in your blood glucose control in 1 to 2 weeks, but the full effect of blood glucose control may take up to 2 to 3 months. For many people with diabetes, metformin comes first. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that doctors prescribe this medication to their newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes before trying other drugs. And yet despite being one of the most prescribed medications worldwide, metformin is not mundane. In addition to its ability to lower blood glucose—safely and inexpensively—metformin may have some other tricks up its sleeve. It continues to intrigue researchers, doctors, and patients, even after more than 15 years on the U. Recent studies suggest that it may be an antidote to everything from obesity to cancer. It's not yet clear whether this humble pill will live up to the hype, but researchers are optimistic. Type 2 diabetes is marked, in part, by insulin resistance, the body's inability to lower blood glucose levels in response to the hormone insulin. Metformin helps restore the body's ability to respond to insulin, particularly in the liver.
The immediate-release tablet is available as the brand-name drug Glucophage. Metformin oral tablet comes in two forms: immediate-release and extended-release. The extended-release tablet is available as the brand-name drugs Glucophage XR, Fortamet, and Glumetza. Both tablet forms are also available as generic drugs. Generics usually cost less than brand-name versions. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as brand-name drugs. Metformin oral tablets are used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. The UK Prospective Diabetes Study, a large clinical trial performed in 1980-90s, provided evidence that metformin reduced the rate of adverse cardiovascular outcomes in overweight patients with type 2 diabetes relative to other antihyperglycemic agents. Treatment guidelines for major professional associations including the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the European Society for Cardiology and the American Diabetes Association, now describe evidence for the cardiovascular benefits of metformin as equivocal. In 2017, the American College of Physicians's guidelines were updated to recognize metformin as the first-line treatment for type-2 diabetes. For example, a 2014 review found tentative evidence that people treated with sulfonylureas had a higher risk of severe low blood sugar events (RR 5.64), though their risk of non-fatal cardiovascular events was lower than the risk of those treated with metformin (RR 0.67). There was not enough data available at that time to determine the relative risk of death or of death from heart disease. study known as the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants were divided into groups and given either placebo, metformin, or lifestyle intervention and followed for an average of three years. Metformin treatment of people at a prediabetes stage of risk for type 2 diabetes may decrease their chances of developing the disease, although intensive physical exercise and dieting work significantly better for this purpose. The intensive program of lifestyle modifications included a 16-lesson training on dieting and exercise followed by monthly individualized sessions with the goals of decreasing weight by 7% and engaging in physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week. The incidence of diabetes was 58% lower in the lifestyle group and 31% lower in individuals given metformin. Among younger people with a higher body mass index, lifestyle modification was no more effective than metformin, and for older individuals with a lower body mass index, metformin was no better than placebo in preventing diabetes.
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