What is Metformin?
Metformin (metformin hydrochloride) is an oral anti-diabetic treatment developed for those with type 2 diabetes and is used to control and lower the blood sugar levels in the body. Also sold under the name Glucophage, this anti-diabetic medication is in the biguanide class and is especially beneficial for those who have normal kidney function but are overweight or obese. It has also been said to have secondary benefits such as helping to treat polycystic ovary syndrome and other illnesses in which insulin resistance may be an important factor.
How does Metformin work?
Metformin (metformin hydrochloride) works effectively in the body by reducing glucose production in the liver. This in turn ensures that the lack of insulin doesn’t compromise the amount of sugar in the blood. It does so by decreasing the amount of sugar (or glucose) which is absorbed from food ingested. It also regulates the amounts of glucose produced by the liver while helping the body with its responses to insulin.
This treatment will not cause increased insulin production in the pancreas, nor will it lower the levels of sugar in the blood to extreme levels (hypoglycemia). It may even help to promote weight loss in those who regularly exercise and eat healthy foods.
Metformin tablets are usually the standard prescription medication offered to those suffering or diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It provides beneficial qualities such as:
- Reducing the sugar levels in the blood
- Possibly lowering the circulation of LDL (bad) cholesterol whilst increasing HDL (good) cholesterol in the body
- Increasing the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin
- Assisting with overall weight loss efforts
Patients may also experience additional benefits that may not be listed whilst using Metformin hydrochloride. As this medication has been in circulation for many years, it is deemed to be highly reliable and recommended in the management of type 2 diabetes.
Who can use Metformin?
Almost anyone over the age of 18 who suffers from type 2 diabetes can use Metformin tablets, although not everyone with the condition may require treatment. A healthy diet and regular exercise, can help in controlling blood sugar level and prevent the problem from progressing, but for those who may struggle to maintain such a lifestyle, this medication is very effective at providing a solution.
Who cannot use it?
There are certain people who may not be prescribed this treatment or should take caution when using this treatment, this includes:
- Any patients allergic to metformin hydrochloride
- Type 1 diabetes sufferers
- Those that usually experience diabetic ketoacidosis
- Those suffering from liver or heart disease
- Alcoholics (no alcohol can be consumed whilst using the medication)
- Elderly (over the age of 64)
If you require an x-ray or any invasive period whilst taking this treatment, it is advised to temporarily stop taking the medication.
Metformin tablets are to be taken orally only. To ensure you remember to take the medication, always take it around the same time each day. Other directions for usage include:
- Take a tablet two or three times per day (depending on dosage)
- If the dosage is too weak, this can be adjusted after 2 weeks at the doctor’s discretion
- It’s recommended you use it during or after meals, and it should not be chewed or crushed
Please remember that this medication only helps to control type 2 diabetes but is not a cure for it. Ensure you do not stop taking the medication without informing your your doctor or health specialist.
Aside from the standard symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes sufferers, this medication will cause changes in the level of blood sugar. Due to this, metformin hydrochloride may cause side effects, but these should ease out gradually.
- Diarrhoea, bloating, stomach pain, gas or indigestion
- Metallic taste, heartburn, headache or muscle pain
Please ensure you make your doctor aware if any of the symptoms become severe, or occur frequently. Make sure you do not buy Metformin for use if you have not been advised by your doctor to do so. If symptoms become severe during use, stop the treatment immediately and visit your doctor.
Can I buy Metformin online without prescription?
You can buy Metformin online here at Meds4All after taking our free and confidential medical consultation. One of our doctors uses these details to ensure your health is not compromised and that you are suitable for the treatment. If approved, a prescription is issued to our UK pharmacy who package your anti-diabetic medication in tamper-proof packaging. It is then delivered through our speedy next day courier service.