Glucophage is one of the most effective drugs used to lower the level of sugar in the blood in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes or/and obesity. Metformin hydrochloride, the active ingredient, causes the liver to suppress glucose production. Metformin 500mg is normally well-tolerated by people with no serious medical conditions, so it’s rather an exception that it can cause lactic acidosis, a condition associated with low pH in a body. The last can trigger severe metabolic dysregulation, congenital abnormalities and tissue hypoperfusion.
Glucophage (metformin) comes in a form of pills, SR pills and sachets. It is prescribed to non-insulin dependent patients to stimulate their pancreas to produce insulin, the hormone associated with the control of glucose in the blood. In type 2 diabetes there is insufficient amount of insulin produced. This is insulin that makes the cells get rid of sugar from the blood. When not removed in time sugar is accumulated in cells, what leads to a wide range of undesired medical conditions. This is when Glucophage (metformin) can be helpful.
Metformin can be combined with other antidiabetic drugs for better result. It should be done under careful supervision of medical specialist to diminish the risk of undesired side effects.