Metchek (Metformin Hydrochloride)
What is Metchek (Metformin Hydrochloride) used for?
Metformin is indicated in cases of type II diabetes where where diet, exercise and weight loss have been unable to control hyperglycaemia, or in cases where insulin therapy is not an option.
Metformin is also indicated to treat obese diabetics and sometimes in insulin-dependent diabetics who are overweight.
How should I use Metchek (Metformin Hydrochloride)?
A starting dosage of 500mg once or twice a day is usually prescribed. Your doctor will gradually increase dosage as required, up to a dosage of 100mg three times a day. Regular blood tests will be scheduled to check the clinical response. When the diabetes is under control, dosage should be gradually decreased until the lowest possible dosage at which diabetic control can be maintained.
Sometimes metformin will be used in combination therapy with sulphonylurea.
What are the side effects of Metchek (Metformin Hydrochloride)?
Common side effects of Metformin:
Gastro-Intestinal Side Effects can be reduced by taking Metformin with food.
Serious side effects of Metformin:
These more serious side effects usually occur when MEtformin is taken for long period of time or at higher doses.
Lactic Acidosis can occur, and its risk is increased at higher dosages, in elderly patients and where renal function is impaired. This is a potentially life-threatening condition.
Metchek should be used with caution in cases of:
It is recommended that pregnant and breast-feeding women do not use metformin unless specifically advised by a doctor.