(Metformin Hydrochloride ER)
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What Glucophage XR is and what it is used for
Glucient SR prolonged-release tablets contain the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride and belong to a group of medicines called biguanides, used in the treatment of diabetes Glucient SR is used for the treatment of Type 2 (non-insulin dependant) diabetes mellitus when diet and exercise changes alone have not been enough to control blood glucose (sugar). Insulin is a hormone that enables body tissues to take glucose from the blood and to use it for energy or for storage for future use. People with Type 2 diabetes do not make enough insulin in their pancreas or their body does not respond properly to the insulin it does make. This causes a build-up of glucose in the blood which can cause a number of serious long-term problems so it is important that you continue to take your medicine, even though you may not have any obvious symptoms. Glucient SR makes the body more sensitive to insulin and helps return to normal the way your body uses glucose. Glucient SR is associated with either a stable body weight or modest weight loss. Glucient SR prolonged-release tablets are specially made to release the drug slowly in your body and therefore are different to many other types of tablet containing metformin.
How to take Glucophage XR
Your doctor may prescribe Glucient SR for you to take on its own, or in combination with other oral antidiabetic medicines or insulin. Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water, do not chew. Usually you will start treatment with 500 milligrams Glucient SR daily. After you have been taking Glucient SR for about 2 weeks, your doctor may measure your blood sugar and adjust the dose. The maximum daily dose is 2000 milligrams of Glucient SR. Normally, you should take the tablets once a day, with your evening meal. In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you take the tablets twice a day. Always take the tablets with food. If you take more Glucient SR than you should If you take extra tablets by mistake you need not worry, but if you have unusual symptoms, contact your doctor. If the overdose is large, lactic acidosis is more likely and this is a medical emergency requiring treatment in hospital (see also under ‘4. Possible side effects’). If you forget to take Glucient SR Take it as soon as you remember with some food. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following side effects, you
may need urgent medical attention. Stop taking
Glucient SR and see your doctor immediately:
• unexpected weight loss
• very severe nausea or vomiting
• very fast breathing which you cannot stop
• stomach pains or feeling cold These can be signs of serious problems with your diabetes and may mean you have a very rare side effect called “lactic acidosis” (too much acid in the blood). If this happens, see a doctor as you will need treatment straight away.
• Abnormal liver function tests and hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) which may result in jaundice. If you develop yellowing of the eyes and/or skin contact your doctor immediately Other possible side effects are listed by frequency as follows:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
• Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
• Loss of appetite If you get these, do not stop taking the tablets as these symptoms will normally go away in about 2 weeks. It helps if you take the tablets with or immediately after a meal.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
• Taste disturbances.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
• Decreased vitamin B12 levels
• Skin rashes including redness, itching and hives
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to Store Glucophage XR
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 30 °C. Do not use the tablets after the expiry date that is printed on the pack. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
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