Glyciphage SR 500mg Tablet
Glyciphage SR 500mg Tablet 10’s belongs to a group of anti-diabetic medicines called biguanides used in the treatment of diabetes. It helps to lower the increased blood glucose level in type 2 diabetes patients. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic or lifelong disorder that affects the way our body processes glucose. People with type 2 diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced is unable to perform its function in the body (insulin resistance). Middle-aged or older individuals are most likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes, so it is also known as adult-onset diabetes.
Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s is prescribed for the condition of type 2 diabetes when diet and exercise alone cannot control their blood sugar levels. It is the first-line therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes. Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s restores the body’s response to insulin, decreases the amount of blood sugar produced by the liver and delays the absorption of sugar by the stomach or intestines. Besides, Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s has off-label usage in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) where it helps normalize the menstruation cycle by restoring the body’s hormonal balance, lowers blood sugar levels and stimulates ovulation.
Usually, Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s does not cause very significant side effects. Common side effects include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or a metallic taste in the mouth. In very rare cases, it may cause a condition known as lactic acidosis (too much lactic acid in the body) with symptoms like dizziness, drowsiness, muscle pain etc. Your sugar level may go down while taking this medicine with heavy exercise, drinking excessive alcohol, or skipping meals. Talk to the doctor about any of the health conditions listed above that may require urgent medical treatment.
Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s works best when coupled with a healthy lifestyle like losing weight if you are overweight (BMI >25), eating fewer calories (low fat and sugary food), and being more physically active (at least 150 min of activity every week).
Uses of Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s plays a vital role in managing diabetes and achieving good control of blood sugar levels by delaying the absorption of sugar and increasing insulin sensitivity in the body. Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s does not cause a sudden lowering of the blood glucose level or cause significant hypoglycaemia. Unlike other anti-diabetic therapies like sulfonylureas or insulin, Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s does not cause weight gain but may cause modest weight loss. In the prediabetic condition, Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s is the only recommended treatment available. Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s also helps to prevent serious complications of diabetes such as kidney damage (Diabetic Nephropathy), blindness (Diabetic Retinopathy), loss of sensation in your hands and feet (Diabetic Neuropathy) or even loss of foot! Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s also helps to reduce your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.
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Side Effects of Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s
- Digestive problems
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
In-Depth Precautions and Warning
Some diabetic patients taking Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s may develop a serious condition called lactic acidosis. In lactic acidosis, there is too much lactic acid accumulated in the blood. So, your liver and kidney proper functioning is required for the elimination of excess lactic acid from the blood. You should not take metformin if you have kidney disease, as measured by a blood test. Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s may lower vitamin B-12 levels, so try to have blood test annual blood and vitamin. Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s, when used with insulin, may extremely lower the blood sugar level. So, the doctor may lower the dose of insulin.
Drug-Drug Interaction: Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s interacts with an anti-depressant (bupropion), drugs used to treat glaucoma, antibiotics (cephalexin, ciprofloxacin), anti-acidity drugs (cimetidine), heart condition drugs (digoxin), anti-HIV drugs (dolutegravir), ethanol, saliva reducing drugs (glycopyrrolate), iodinated X-ray contrast agents, anti-epileptic drugs (topiramate, lamotrigine), heart-related chest medicine (ranolazine). Other drug interactions can contribute to an increased low blood sugar including sex hormones (androgens), anti-oxidant (alpha-lipoic acid), painkillers (aspirin), anti TB drugs (prothionamide), growth hormones (pegvisomant), and other antidiabetic medicines.
Drug-Food Interaction: Intake of excessive alcoholic beverages may increase the chance of a life-threatening condition known as Lactic Acidosis. So, avoid intake of alcoholic beverages with Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s.
Drug-Disease Interaction: People affected with heart diseases (like congestive heart failure and myocardial infarction), Vitamin B12 deficiency, and alcoholism should avoid intake of Glyciphage SR 500 mg Tablet 10’s.