Glucophage is a medication meant for controlling the level of sugar in the blood. It is prescribed to patients who have type 2 diabetes, but, unfortunately, would not make a lot of difference for type 1 diabetics who are insulin-dependent.
You must not use Glucophage if you have developed diabetic ketoacidosis since this calls for insulin treatment. We also strongly discourage you from turning to this drug if you have got a history of liver or heart disease. These factors combined with the usage of Glucophage sometimes provoke lactic acidosis, a dangerous condition whose symptoms are such: progressing weakness and sleepiness, slowing heartbeat, unexpected shortness of breath, muscle and stomach pains, feeling light-headed and cold, and, eventually, fainting. If you have a feeling you may be developing lactic acidosis, contact your healthcare provider as soon as you can.
When taking Glucophage, please follow the directions your doctor has given to you closely, especially since they often include occasional dosage changes. Do not overdose or extend the treatment regimen by your own will. Do not forget the other components of successful therapy: a correct diet, the right amount of medical exercise, weight control. These factors help to make the best out of Glucophage's influence.