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Metformin: Uses, Action, Dosage, Side Effect And Brand Information

What is metformin used for? Controlling blood sugar levels in adults, adolescents and children aged 10 years and over with type 2 diabetes. Metformin is used when diet alone has failed to fully control blood sugar. It may be used on its own, in combination with other oral antidiabetic medicines, or with insulin. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This is an off-licence use of metformin, so you won't find it mentioned in the information leaflets that come with the medicine. However, metformin is a widely used and established treatment option for this condition. How does metformin work? In type 2 diabetes the cells in the body, particularly muscle, fat and liver cells, become resistant to the action of insulin. Insulin is the main hormone responsible for controlling the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It makes cells in the body remove sugar from the blood. When the cells are resistant to insulin this makes blood sugar levels rise too high. Metformin hydrochloride is a type of antidiabetic medicine called a biguanide. It works in a number of ways to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Firstly, it increases the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin. This ena Continue reading >>

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  1. Bob P

    Metformin and dental work

    I am T2, dx in June of this year, with pretty good control. I am on Metformin, 500 mg twice daily.
    I am scheduled to have a root canal redone in a few days. I recently ran across instructions to stop Metformin two days before oral surgery. Does anybody have experience with this? I know Metformin takes awhile to ramp up. Do I need to eat really carefully during those two days? (I don't, usually, I'm afraid.) Or, is there gonna be enogh carryover during that time to keep me more or less out of trouble?

  2. Tiger Lily

    Bob, i've had my teeth clean ?? 4 times since being on metformin, and i've had a filling done
    a root canal isn't really oral surgery...... the dentist cleans out the dead root/nerves in your tooth, then preps the tooth for a filling or a cap
    it is important that you tell your dentist that you have diabetes
    give his office a call and see if you need to stop the met before the root canal (i only know that contrast dye scans require you to stop the met)

  3. Irk

    My husbnd is T2 and he just had a root canal done and is on 2000 mg and he never stopped his. I would for sure tell the dentist, I would imagine if you stopped taking it ,it would knock you into highs and thats not good.

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