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Drug Information

What is Metformin Hydrochloride used for?

Metformin Hydrochloride is used to control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Metformin Hydrochloride may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Metformin Hydrochloride work?

Metformin Hydrochloride is an anti-diabetic medicine. Metformin Hydrochloride helps in decreasing the amount of glucose absorbed from food in the intestine and decreases glucose production in the liver. This helps to improve glycaemic control.

How to take Metformin Hydrochloride?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Metformin Hydrochloride as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the whole tablet. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with food as it can prevent stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of Metformin Hydrochloride, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Metformin Hydrochloride?

Drugs that interact with Metformin Hydrochloride include the following:

  • Amiloride
  • Clarithromycin
  • Digoxin
  • Olanzapine
  • Prednisone
  • Ranitidine
  • Sulfinpyrazone
  • Triamterene
  • Trimethoprim
  • Vancomycin

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Metformin Hydrochloride?

The following are the most common side effects of Metformin Hydrochloride:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Altered taste
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weakness

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Confusion
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Profuse sweating

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Metformin Hydrochloride?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Metformin Hydrochloride or similar drugs.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Metformin Hydrochloride.
  • Use Metformin Hydrochloride during pregnancy only when prescribed by the doctor.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Metformin Hydrochloride.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Be cautious while taking Metformin Hydrochloride if you have any kidney or liver impairment.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.

You are advised not to take Metformin Hydrochloride if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discoloration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Metformin Hydrochloride?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of congestive heart failure, kidney, liver or thyroid problem.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions about Metformin Hydrochloride


  1. Can I take birth control pills while on Metformin Hydrochloride medication?
  2. No. Birth control pills are known to interact with Metformin Hydrochloride medicine. Consult your doctor before using any other medication while on Metformin Hydrochloride.

  3. Can I stop taking Metformin Hydrochloride medicine if I feel better?
  4. No. Continue taking Metformin Hydrochloride medicine even if you feel better. Abrupt discontinuation would lead to abnormal blood glucose levels.

  5. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Metformin Hydrochloride?
  6. Blood sugar levels should be monitored while taking Metformin Hydrochloride medicine to check for the effect of the drug.


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