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Buy Metformin hydrochloride tablets for type 2 diabetes

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What is Metformin?

Metformin is prescribed to help manage type 2 diabetes.

Our cells need glucose to function. In our bodies, a hormone called insulin helps our cells take glucose out of the bloodstream and use it as fuel. In type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly, or no longer reacts to insulin in the way it should. This means that glucose stays in the blood and cannot be used as energy.

Metformin helps control blood sugar levels by decreasing the amount of sugar the body makes and absorbs, while also making your cells more responsive to insulin. It is one of the most widely used prescription treatments to treat type 2 diabetes.

How does Metformin work?

Metformin contains the active ingredient Metformin Hydrochloride, which helps control blood sugar and responds to insulin produced by the body. It can be used on its own or combined with other medications.

This treatment helps control blood sugar by:

  • lowering glucose production in the liver
  • decreasing glucose absorption from food we eat
  • increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, meaning less glucose is in the bloodstream as the body is able to use it

Metformin is a very commonly prescribed medication for diabetes treatment. It is also marketed as Glucophage®, Glucophage® SR, Metsol®, Bolamyn® SR.

How is Metformin taken?

Metformin is generally taken two or three times per day in the form of a 500mg or 850mg tablet. The maximum dose is 3,000mg a day, split into three individual doses. If you feel that your prescribed dosage is too strong or too weak, you can arrange an appointment with your doctor to adjust it after 10 to 15 days.

There is also a modified-release version available. Dosages vary between 500mg, 750mg and 100mg. The maximum dose for modified-release tablets is 2,000mg a day. Your doctor will prescribe this if the standard version is deemed unsuitable. From a user perspective, the main difference is that only one tablet should be taken daily, usually with an evening meal.

You should only ever take Metformin as prescribed and follow the instructions on the patient leaflet closely. It is recommended you take each prescribed tablet during or after meals and swallow it without chewing. Regular blood tests should be conducted by your doctor to ensure blood sugar levels are maintained.

Metformin doses

Metformin is generally taken two or three times per day in the following tablet sizes:

  • 500mg
  • 850mg

The maximum dose is 3,000mg a day, split into three individual doses. If you feel that your prescribed dosage is too strong or too weak, you can arrange an appointment with your doctor to adjust it after 10 to 15 days.

Modified-release tablets, which gradually release the medication over an extended time period, are available in the following doses:

  • 500mg
  • 750mg
  • 1000mg

The maximum modified-release tablets dose is 2,000mg a day. If you are taking modified-release tablets, only one tablet needs to be taken daily, usually with an evening meal.

You should only ever take this medication as prescribed and follow the instructions on the patient leaflet closely. Regular blood tests should be conducted by your doctor to ensure blood sugar levels are maintained.

Who can take Metformin?

Metformin is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It is also sometimes used as a preventative measure for people who are at risk of developing diabetes.

Metformin can also be used in combination with insulin to treat severe symptoms of diabetes type 2. It is not prescribed for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication, you should not take it.

You should talk to your doctor before taking Metformin if you:

  • have uncontrolled diabetes (hyperglycaemia or ketoacidosis)
  • are experiencing extreme dehydration from diarrhoea or vomiting
  • suffer from heart, kidney or liver problems
  • have a severe infection
  • drink a lot of alcohol
  • are breastfeeding

Ask your doctor for advice if you need to have a major surgery, or require a CT scan or x-ray which uses an injected dye, as you will need to temporarily stop taking Metformin.

You should also monitor yourself for the possibility of lactic acidosis, a rare but potentially serious complication. Symptoms include vomiting, muscle cramps, difficulty breathing and severe tiredness. Read the patient information leaflet for more information on how to spot the signs, and seek immediate medical attention if you suspect you may have lactic acidosis.

Metformin in pregnancy

Metformin is usually safe to take during pregnancy. You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, as you may also need insulin during pregnancy.

Metformin and alcohol

If you have diabetes, alcohol can lower your blood sugar for long after you have been drinking. Drinking also makes it difficult for your body to get rid of lactic acid as quickly, which increases your risk of lactic acidosis. You should ask your doctor if it is safe for you before you drink while taking Metformin,.

Can I buy Metformin online?

You can buy Metformin online from euroClinix after completing a simple consultation. One of our doctors will review your responses and issue a prescription if they determine it’s suitable for you. Then, our UK based pharmacy will dispense your medication and deliver it to you with free, next-day delivery.

Treatment Information
Treatment Information
Product Name: Metformin
Active Ingredient(s): Metformin Hydrochloride
Manufacturer: Pfizer
Description: Metformin is a the most common prescription medication used to effectively treat type 2 diabetes
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Administration: Oral
Presentation: Tablets
Available Dosage: 500mg, 850mg, 500mg (MR), 750mg (MR), 1000mg (MR)
Application: Men and women over 18 with type 2 diabetes
Posology: Take 1 tablet 2 or 3 times daily/ Take 1 or 2 modified-release tablets once daily
Drug class: Oral and parenteral hypoglycaemics
Alcohol consumption: Avoid alcohol consumption
When breastfeeding: Studies have shown no affect, contact your doctor for further advice
When pregnant: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
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