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. Rarely, too much metformin can build up in the body and cause a serious (sometimes fatal) condition called lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis is more likely if you are an older adult, if you have kidney or liver disease, dehydration, heart failure, heavy alcohol use, if you have surgery, if you have X-ray or scanning procedures that use iodinated contrast, or if you are using certain drugs. For some conditions, your doctor may tell you to stop taking this medication for a short time. Stop taking this medication and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as unusual tiredness, dizziness, severe drowsiness, chills, blue/cold skin, muscle pain, fast/difficult breathing, slow/irregular heartbeat, or stomach pain with nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. Show More Metformin is used with a proper diet and exercise program and possibly with other medications to control high blood sugar. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Metformin works by helping to restore your body's proper response to the insulin you naturally produce. It also decreases the amount of sugar that your liver makes and that your stomach/intestines absorb. Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking metformin and each time you get a refill.
Acute metformin overdose: Examining serum p H lactate Levels and metformin concentrations in survivors versus nonsurvivors: A systematic review of the literature. Annals of Emerg Med 2009; 54: 818-23 Metformin, a blood-glucose-lowering drug widely used for treatment of type 2 diabetes, is associated with risk of potentially fatal metabolic (lactic) acidosis. This can occur not only following overdose but also at therapeutic dose in patients with pre-existing renal or liver disease. Results of arterial blood gas analysis reflect metabolic acidosis (reduced blood p H, reduced bicarbonate compensatory increase in ) and increased plasma lactate. Is it possible, as might be intuitively expected, to predict survival in such cases from the severity of the acidosis and/or severity of the hyperlactatemia? Investigators conducted a systematic review of the literature and identified 22 well-documented case histories of metformin overdose, five of which had a fatal outcome. For each of these cases, investigators abstracted lowest (nadir) p H, highest (peak) plasma lactate concentration and highest (peak) plasma metformin concentration. The median nadir p H among non-survivors was 6.71 (interquartile IQ range 6.71-6.73), this compared with median p H 7.30 (IQ range 7.22-7.36) for survivors. It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits, especially during the first few weeks that you take this medicine. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects. This medicine may interact with the dye used for an X-ray or CT scan. Your doctor should advise you to stop taking it before you have any medical exams or diagnostic tests that might cause less urine output than usual. You may be advised to start taking the medicine again 48 hours after the exams or tests if your kidney function is tested and found to be normal. Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several days before having surgery or medical tests.
Metformin is a biguanide used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. It lowers hepatic glucose production and peripheral insulin. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Metformin does not usually cause low blood. Symptoms of overdose may include severe drowsiness, severe nausea/vomiting.