People with diabetes probably know about Metformin and its side effects. This article is for all those who wish to learn more about this drug. Metformin is a medication used in diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes) treatment, (including patients who are overweight). It is used in treating polycystic ovaries syndrome as well.
According to some sources, it is one of the world’s most prescribed anti-diabetic medications. Although it is considered quite safe, it can cause some side effects. Metformin side effects are not very severe, but some people are too sensitive and can have bad reaction to this medication.
Possible Metformin Side Effects
Metformin does not cause many side effects, in condition it is used in appropriate cases and in recommended doses. This medication helps reducing triglycerides and can contribute to preventing cardiovascular problems in people who suffer from diabetes.
Contraindications are possible in patients who suffer from any problem related to lactic acidosis. There can be kidney problems and liver or lung problems. Patients with hypothyroidism should be extra careful with this drug and must consult their doctor first.
Metformin side effects that can sometimes occur are: headache, abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence and other gastrointestinal problems. Some users may experience weight gain. Allergies to this drug are also possible, so if you experience any sort of allergic reaction (rash, difficult breathing, pain in your chest, mouth swelling, lip swelling, face or tongue swelling) call your doctor immediately. These are signs of allergic reactions, so if you experience any of these, you will have to get immediate medical help.
Even if you have never had any kind of allergy, you never know what can happen. Skin rash is usually a mild side effect and it will subside once you stop taking metformin. Breathing problems and pain in chests are serious side effects, so you should not ignore them. Finally, lip swelling, face swelling, throat swelling and tongue swelling are very serious side effects, and you must contact your doctor right away.
Also, if you experience any kind of unexplained pain in bones or notice that your urine is darker than usual, call your doctor. If you feel any pain while urinating, feel dizzy and weak or feel cold, this could indicate low tolerance to metformin. One can also have changes in his stool, pain in muscles, appetite loss, severe vomiting, short breath and hands/ankles swelling. Fever and sore throat were also reported by some users. However, sore throat and fever are not severe side effects of this medication and they are not difficult to treat. Severe vomiting can lead to dehydration, and if your appetite is poor, you may start feeling quite weak.
Although this medication is commonly used and considered very safe for patients, you never know what can happen to you, so don’t do anything without asking your doctor first. Before starting with this drug, your doctor must know about your medical past. It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions. Do not change the dose on your own. Even if you think that your dose needs to be modified, you must never change it without your doctor’s knowledge.