January 26, 2023

How To Take Metformin Without Side Effects | When Is The Best Time To Take Metformin | How To Build Up Metformin | Metformin 500mg Side Effects Constipation Diarrhea

But in today’s episode we’re going to talk about how to start taking metformin to reduce its possible side effects now let me know how you’re getting on by leaving a comment at the end of the video first a bit of background about metformin it’s prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes metformin lowers your sugar levels by reducing the amount of sugar that your liver releases into

Your blood now it’s usually prescribed in type 2 diabetes when diet and exercise alone hasn’t been enough to reduce your blood sugar levels for women with pcos metformin stimulates ovulation even if you don’t have diabetes and it does this by lowering blood sugar levels and lowering insulin background done! i’ve always found metformin to be a very interesting drug because

Not only does it help with pcos and lower blood sugar levels but studies have actually shown it to reduce your risk of cancer and help you lose weight unfortunately metformin can cause side effects in some patients like nausea, wind and diarrhoea but the chances of developing these can be reduced by taking it after food and also when you first started on them building up

Your dose slowly to the prescribed dose now you’ve just been started on immediate release metformin and hopefully your prescriber will explain to you how to slowly build up your dose to the prescribed dose and this is to help reduce the chances of you developing side effects and in the world of pharmacy this building up we call it dose of titrating now in case they haven’t

Or you’ve just forgotten here’s a general guide on how to build up your dose of immediate-release metformin to the prescribed dose now please remember this is a general guide and your dose may be different so i definitely advise everyone to speak their doctor or speak to your pharmacist about this so in this example let’s say the final dose of immediate release metformin

For type 2 diabetes was three times a day with main meals so we have breakfast, lunch and dinner which you’ll be taking it with but we don’t want to jump straight into three times a day as you’re much more likely to have side effects so for my example to begin with take 500mg of immediate-release metformin daily with your biggest meal which is dinner for most people after a

Week or two if you’re getting on fine with no significant side effects increase to 500mg twice a day with main meals so for most people that will be breakfast and dinner and after another week or two if you’re getting on fine with no significant side effects increase to 500mg three times a day with main meals so breakfast,lunch and dinner please remember this is a general

Guide and your dose may be different so always speak to your pharmacist or a doctor about this before you do it so what we’re basically doing is building up the dose of immediate release metformin and if after a dose increase you start getting side effects which don’t go after a week or two then reduce the dose back down to what you were getting on well with then speak to

Your doctor definitely don’t stop taking your medicines until you speak to your doctor now let’s say after slowly building up your dose of immediate release metformin you’re still having side effects and it’s getting too much well now it’s time to speak to your doctor about it they might change your medicine completely or they might change the type of metformin and give

You the slow-release tablet which usually has less side effects but remember this that the dose of the slow release tablet is different to the immediate release tablet so always double check it with your pharmacist or doctor and that’s it you now know how to start taking immediate release metformin properly if you have any tips which work for you which others might find

Helpful then please leave a comment below i’d love to read about it and if you found this video helpful then please hit that like button now lastly don’t forget to always read the information leaflet that comes with your medicines and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist make sure to click that like, follow or subscribe button now

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How To Take Metformin | How To Start Taking Metformin | How To Reduce Metformin Side Effects (2018) By AbrahamThePharmacist