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Glucophage (Metformin)

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Glucophage500 mg
Glucophage850 mg

Generic Equivalent of Glucophage

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Metformin500 mg
Metformin850 mg
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Is A Prescription Required to Have Glucophage?

A Prescription is required to purchase Glucophage from our approved Canadian pharmacy online.

What Is The Purpose Of Glucophage?

Glucophage is indicated in addition to exercise and diet, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults by improvement of blood sugar levels.

How Does Glucophage Work in the Body?

Glucophage is metformin hydrochloride and helps to control blood sugar by making your body respond better to insulin produced naturally by the body through:
  • Decreasing the amount of sugar made by liver
  • Decreasing the amount of sugar absorbed by your intestines

What is The Generic Form of Glucophage?

The generic form of Glucophage is Metformin and is manufactured by Sandoz in Canada.

How Is Glucophage Supplied and Stored? The generic version of Glucophage (metformin hydrochloride) is available as 500mg and 850 mg dosage. Generic Glucophage 500mg is supplied in the quantity of 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, and 1,000 tablets. And Generic Glucophage 800 mg is supplied in the quantity of 100 and 200 tablets.

The medication should be stored at a room temperature between 15°C and 30°C, in well closed containers. It should be kept out of sight and reach of children.

What Is the Cost of Generic Glucophage?

Our verified online Canadawide pharmacy is pleased to offer you the generic Glucophage 500 mg at an unbeatable price of $122 for a supply of 1000 tablets, which is 0.12 per unit. The average retail price for Metformin is $26.73 for 30 tablet, which is $0.89 per tablet. Sick of spending so much on diabetes medications? Explore CanadaWidePhrmacy.com to keep more cash in your pocket.

Is There A Difference Between Metformin and Glucophage?

Metformin is the generic form of Glucophage and there is no difference between the two.

When Should You Take Glucophage?

You should take Glucophage exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication once daily with meals as it will prevent side effects such as nausea and vomiting. Take Glucophage every day at the same time to get best results.

How Long Does It Take For Metformin To Take Effect?

Metformin gets rapidly absorbed in the body and you will be able to see initial effects within 48 hours of starting the medication. Maximum effects will occur between 4 to 5 days.

Can I Take Glucophage For Weight Loss?

Glucophage may help diabetic people to lose weight by decreasing their appetites. This drug reduces the production of sugar from liver, thereby reducing the production of insulin as well in the body. Hence, the patient does not get as hungry as before.

What Does Glucophage Do For PCOS?

Young women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) have elevated levels of insulin and hence are more likely to develop diabetes. Metformin is prescribed to women with PCOS in order to prevent diabetes. However, diet and exercise play an equally important role in this syndrome.

Can Glucophage Be Used In Children?

Glucophage has been shown to reduce the levels of glucose in children between 10-16 years of age with type 2 diabetes. However, the drug has not been studied in children below the age of 10 years.

Can You Just Stop Taking Glucophage?

Stopping or reducing the dose of Glucophage is safe in some cases. However, this should be done only with the consultation of a health care provider. Some people who change their lifestyle by maintaining proper diet, losing weight and increasing exercise are able to stop Glucophage.

Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking Glucophage?

Do not drink a lot of alcohol if you are taking Glucophage as this can increase your chances of getting lactic acidosis (a life threatening condition).

Can Glucophage Cause the Dementia?

Recent studies have shown that long term use of metformin for type 2 diabetes, especially at high doses can lead to dementia.

Can Glucophage Cause Stomach Problems?

Stomach upset and discomfort including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain are common side effects caused due to use of Glucophage.

Can Glucophage Raise Blood Pressure?

Glucophage has been linked to decrease blood pressure but recent studies have shown that Glucophage does not cause increase in blood pressure.

How is Glucophage Metabolized in Body?

Metformin is not metabolized and gets concentrated in the salivary glands and intestines. It has a half-life between 9 and 17 hours.

What Are The Possible Side Effects of Glucophage?

Like all other medications, Glucophage can also cause side effects. Most common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, stomach upset, gas, abdominal bloating and loss of appetite. These side effects generally fade away with time and are less bothersome when the medication is taken with meals. Glucophage can rarely lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), especially when you drink alcohol, do not eat enough or take other medicines to lower blood sugar. In very rare cases, Glucophage can lead to a life threatening side effect known as lactic acidosis, which is caused by the build-up of lactic acid in your blood. It mostly occurs in people whose kidneys do not function properly. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness, unusual muscle pain, troubled breathing, unexpected stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, feeling cold, dizziness or light-headedness, slow or irregular heartbeat. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking Glucophage and seek medical help immediately. These are not all the side effects of Glucophage. If you experience any unexpected effect, consult your health care professional right away.

When Should You Not Take Glucophage?

Do not take Glucophage if you:
  • Have unstable or insulin dependent diabetes (type 1 diabetes)
  • Have acute or chronic metabolic acidosis (including diabetic ketoacidosis, with or without coma, history of ketoacidosis with or without coma
  • Have a history of lactic acidosis (too much lactic acid in the blood)
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Have severe liver or kidney diseases
  • Are going to have an X-ray procedure with injection of iodinated contrast materials
  • Suffer from dehydration (have lost a lot of water from body)
  • Have a severe infection or trauma
  • Are allergic to metformin hydrochloride or any of the ingredients in Glucophage
  • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • Are breast-feeding
  • Have cardiovascular collapse (abrupt failure of blood circulation)
  • Have surgery and during recovery phase

What Should You Tell Your Doctor Before taking Glucophage?

Before you start taking Glucophage, be sure to tell your doctor if you:
  • Have cardiovascular collapse (abrupt failure of blood circulation)
  • Have lactic acidosis
  • Have severe liver or kidney problems
  • Are 80 years old and did not have your kidney function tested
  • Suffer from serious dehydration (have lost a lot of water from body)
  • Have metabolic diseases such as diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Are going to have an X-ray procedure with injection of iodinated contrast materials
  • Have surgery and during recovery phase
  • Develop a serious medical condition such as heart attack, severe infection, stroke
  • Develop or experience worsening of heart disease and heart failure
  • Are pregnant or planning a pregnancy
  • Are breast feeding
  • Are anemic or have vitamin B12 deficiency

What Medicines Can Interact With Glucophage?

It is important to tell your health care professional about all other medicines that you have taken recently including any kind of supplements and non-prescription drugs. Medicines which interact with Glucophage include:
  • Some other diabetic drugs such as glyburide
  • Furosemide
  • Nifedipine
  • Cationic drugs like amiloride, digoxin, morphine, procainamide, quinidine, quinine, ranitidine, triamterene, trimethoprim, and vancomycin
  • Blood thinning agents such as phenprocoumon or other antivitamin K anticoagulants
  • Diuretics, especially loop diuretics as they increase the risk of lactic acidosis by decreasing renal function
  • Drugs that lead to hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) such as thiazides and other diuretics, corticosteroids, phenothiazines, thyroid products, estrogens, oral contraceptives, phenytoin, nicotinic acid, calcium channel blockers, isoniazid, beta-2-agonists
  • ACE inhibitors may lower blood sugar and combination of these with Glucophage should be monitored carefully

Where Can I Buy Glucophage Online?

If prescribed by your health care professional, Glucophage can be bought directly from Canadian Online Pharmacy. You will not have to wait to start your therapy due to the swift shipping service provided by us.

How Is Glucophage Delivered?

The standard delivery fee is $10.00. The orders are usually shipped in 2-3 working days after the processing of the order. The medication package is delivered by regular mail within 10-14 business days after it has been shipped. For further information and aid, you can contact our Customer Service at 604-581-4000 or email us at customerservice@canadawidepharmacy.com.

References:

1. https://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-medication/metformin-weight-loss.html
2. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/020357s037s039,021202s021s023lbl.pdf
3. https://www.drugs.com/dosage/metformin.html
4. http://www.sanofi.ca/products/en/glucophage.pdf
5. http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2016/jan-feb/wait-times-how-long-until.html
6. https://youngwomenshealth.org/2014/02/25/metformin/
7. https://www.healthline.com/health/stopping-metformin#stopping-metformin
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