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Glumetza Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is metformin (Glumetza)?
- What are the possible side effects of metformin (Glumetza)?
- What is the most important information I should know about metformin (Glumetza)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking metformin (Glumetza)?
- How should I take metformin (Glumetza)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Glumetza)?
- What happens if I overdose (Glumetza)?
- What should I avoid while taking metformin (Glumetza)?
- What other drugs will affect metformin (Glumetza)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Glumetza)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember (be sure to take the medicine with food). Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Glumetza)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
An overdose of metformin may cause lactic acidosis. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of lactic acidosis: weakness, increasing sleepiness, slow heart rate, cold feeling, muscle pain, shortness of breath, stomach pain, feeling light-headed, and fainting.
What should I avoid while taking metformin (Glumetza)?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may increase your risk of lactic acidosis while taking metformin.
What other drugs will affect metformin (Glumetza)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- furosemide (Lasix);
- nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia);
- cimetidine (Tagamet) or ranitidine (Zantac);
- amiloride (Midamor) or triamterene (Dyrenium);
- digoxin (Lanoxin);
- morphine (MS Contin, Kadian, Oramorph);
- procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl, Procanbid);
- quinidine (Quin-G) or quinine (Qualaquin);
- trimethoprim (Proloprim, Primsol, Bactrim, Cotrim, Septra); or
- vancomycin (Vancocin, Lyphocin).
You may be more likely to have hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) if you take metformin with other drugs that can raise blood sugar, such as:
- diuretics (water pills);
- steroids (prednisone and others);
- heart or blood pressure medication (Cartia, Cardizem, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan, and others);
- niacin (Advicor, Niaspan, Niacor, Simcor, Slo-Niacin, and others);
- phenothiazines (Compazine and others);
- thyroid medicine (Synthroid and others);
- birth control pills and other hormones;
- seizure medicines (Dilantin and others); and
- diet pills or medicines to treat asthma, colds or allergies.
These lists are not complete and other drugs may interact with metformin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about metformin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Glumetza Information
- Glumetza Drug Interactions Center: metformin oral
- Glumetza Side Effects Center
- Glumetza Overview including Precautions
- Glumetza FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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