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Glucophage XR is a biguanide antidiabetic medication prescribed to help control blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes only as it works with your own insulin. Depending on your insulin response, your doctor may recommend a second diabetic drug to take with Glucophage XR as well as a proper diet and exercise to maintain a safe blood sugar level. Regular visits to a healthcare professional are essential as adjustments to your medication may be necessary and you can report any side effects that you may experience while taking generic Glucophage XR.
Glucophage XR reduces the amount of sugar that is manufactured by your liver while increasing the sensitivity of your muscle cells to insulin. And lastly, Glucophage XR delays the absorption of sugar from your intestines into the bloodstream after meals. The extended release formula of Glucophage XR allows for once-a-day dosing after your last meal.
It has been shown conclusively that Glucophage XR or generic Metformin Extended Release prevents the cardiovascular complications associated with having diabetes. Glucophage XR is not a cure for diabetes, but with a proper diet and exercise can allow you to perform your usual activities. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
For those with type 2 diabetes, your pancreas is still able to produce insulin but the amount may be insufficient for controlling your glucose levels, or your body is not able to use the insulin effectively. Blood sugar levels rise after eating a meal, so your pancreas releases insulin to ensure that the sugar that has been consumed in the food or drink is sent from your blood to your cells. Here it is transformed into energy to be used when needed. Insulin also works to make your liver and muscles store sugar and prevents new sugar from being made. If this hormone is not working adequately, your blood sugar level increases and can pose several health risks unless diagnosed and treated.
Glucophage XR should not be taken before discussing other health conditions with your doctor. List other Rx drugs you are on, including OTC medicine and any dietary or vitamin supplements. Tell your doctor if are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant as some medications may harm your unborn baby. You should take Glucophage XR with or after a meal to avoid possible stomach problems.
Some people develop lactic acidosis while taking Glucophage XR. You should seek immediate medical help if you experience any of the following symptoms: muscle pain or weakness; trouble breathing; uneven heart rate; nausea and vomiting; numb or cold feeling in the arms and legs. If you skip a meal, become bedridden for any length of time, or are ill and cannot eat, tell your doctor and find out what to do regarding your dose of Glucophage XR so you do not experience any changes in your blood sugar.