Consumer Medicine Information This leaflet answers some common questions about Metformin Sandoz. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you. This medicine is used to control blood sugar (glucose) in patients with diabetes mellitus. If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Metformin Sandoz is used to treat Type 2 diabetes when it cannot be properly controlled by diet and exercise. It can also be used in patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus where insulin alone is not enough to control your blood glucose levels. Metformin Sandoz can be used alone, or in combination with other medicines for treating diabetes. It contains the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride. Metformin belongs to a group of medicines called oral hypoglycaemics. It works to reduce high levels of blood glucose by helping your body to make better use of the insulin produced by your pancreas. Carefully follow the special meal plan your doctor gave you. This is a very important part of controlling your condition, and is necessary if the medicine is to work properly. Also, exercise regularly and test for sugar in your blood or urine as directed. Metformin should be taken with meals to help reduce stomach or bowel side effects that may occur during the first few weeks of treatment. Swallow the tablet or extended-release tablet whole with a full glass of water. While taking the extended-release tablet, part of the tablet may pass into your stool after your body has absorbed the medicine. Measure the oral liquid with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid. Use only the brand of this medicine that your doctor prescribed. You may notice improvement in your blood glucose control in 1 to 2 weeks, but the full effect of blood glucose control may take up to 2 to 3 months.
The immediate-release tablet is available as the brand-name drug Glucophage. Metformin oral tablet comes in two forms: immediate-release and extended-release. The extended-release tablet is available as the brand-name drugs Glucophage XR, Fortamet, and Glumetza. Both tablet forms are also available as generic drugs. Generics usually cost less than brand-name versions. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as brand-name drugs. Metformin oral tablets are used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Rarely, too much metformin can build up in the body and cause a serious (sometimes fatal) condition called lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis is more likely if you are an older adult, if you have kidney or liver disease, dehydration, heart failure, heavy alcohol use, if you have surgery, if you have X-ray or scanning procedures that use iodinated contrast, or if you are using certain drugs. For some conditions, your doctor may tell you to stop taking this medication for a short time. Stop taking this medication and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as unusual tiredness, dizziness, severe drowsiness, chills, blue/cold skin, muscle pain, fast/difficult breathing, slow/irregular heartbeat, or stomach pain with nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. Show More Metformin is used with a proper diet and exercise program and possibly with other medications to control high blood sugar. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Metformin works by helping to restore your body's proper response to the insulin you naturally produce. It also decreases the amount of sugar that your liver makes and that your stomach/intestines absorb. Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking metformin and each time you get a refill.
Metformin Sandoz 500 mg Tablets - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Active ingredient Immediate Release IR metformin hydrochloride 500 -1000mg/tab Prolonged Release XR 500mg/tab, 60 tab/pack and 1000mg/tab, 30 tab/pack.