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The Surprising Truth About Metformin

The Surprising Truth About Metformin

The “natural” blood-sugar remedy that had been sidelined for far too long What I’m about to tell you may be shocking. And it’s sure to ruffle the feathers of many of the “natural know-it-alls.” But the science is clear, so I’m not afraid to say it: If you have unmanaged Type II diabetes, you should consider the drug metformin as a first line of treatment. And you won’t get the full story anywhere else, since the natural health industry wouldn’t be caught dead recommending a drug. So, please allow me to do the honors here… Think of it as your emergency “get out of jail free card” Diabetes is deadly. High blood sugar coursing through your body destroys your eyes, kidneys, heart, brain, and more. So the sooner you bring it down the better. (Just like high blood pressure, for which I also recommend tried and true medications as a first-line treatment for unmanaged hypertension.) And in this case, the science is clear—the drug metformin has been proven safe and effective for most people. And since it’s now a generic drug, it’s highly cost effective, too. Now don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying diet and exercise isn’t important. In fact, they’re the best means for preventing and even reversing Type II diabetes entirely. Something metformin can’t do. And there are certainly dietary supplements that can help with maintaining healthy blood sugar (like berberine). But Type II diabetes doesn’t develop overnight. And let’s face it, changing the habits and consequences that got us there in the first place isn’t an overnight task either. So if you need additional help, this is one rare instance where you shouldn’t be afraid to look at a mainstream therapy. And when an option this effective comes along to help kick-start your efforts saf Continue reading >>

Fortamet

Fortamet

FORTAMET® (metformin hydrochloride) Extended-Release Tablets DESCRIPTION FORTAMET® (metformin hydrochloride) Extended-Release Tablets contain an oral antihyperglycemic drug used in the management of type 2 diabetes. Metformin hydrochloride (N, Ndimethylimidodicarbonimidic diamide hydrochloride) is a member of the biguanide class of oral antihyperglycemics and is not chemically or pharmacologically related to any other class of oral antihyperglycemic agents. The empirical formula of metformin hydrochloride is C4H11N5•HCl and its molecular weight is 165.63. Its structural formula is: Metformin hydrochloride is a white to off-white crystalline powder that is freely soluble in water and is practically insoluble in acetone, ether, and chloroform. The pKa of metformin is 12.4. The pH of a 1% aqueous solution of metformin hydrochloride is 6.68. FORTAMET® Extended-Release Tablets are designed for once-a-day oral administration and deliver 500 mg or 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. In addition to the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: candellila wax, cellulose acetate, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycols (PEG 400, PEG 8000), polysorbate 80, povidone, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic black iron oxides, titanium dioxide, and triacetin. FORTAMET® meets USP Dissolution Test 5. System Components And Performance FORTAMET® was developed as an extended-release formulation of metformin hydrochloride and designed for once-a-day oral administration using the patented single-composition osmotic technology (SCOT™). The tablet is similar in appearance to other film-coated oral administered tablets but it consists of an osmotically active core formulation that is surrounded by a semipermeable membra Continue reading >>

Loss Or Change Of Taste And Metformin

Loss Or Change Of Taste And Metformin

Hi my peeps, heres an e-mail we got from a reader.thought wed share it with you! My 76 year old mom has lost her sense of taste in the last few months after having her metformin doubled to two 500mg tablets a day and adding Furosemide and K-dur 20 meq po tbcr to her list of prescriptions. She has a big heart problem (aortic stenosis with artifical valve replacement) and type 2 diabetes. She also takes the following: Coumadin; Digoxin; Atenolol; Norvasc; and Celebrex. She wont let me call her doctor and she doesnt want to bother her pharmacist for all the reasons you have on your website. Can you give me any suggestions for sorting this out? I am going to go to the doctor with her next week and would like to ask intelligent questions. Thanks! Sharon In looking over your moms drug therapy, she should have no problems with her new medications interacting with the ones she has been taking we can rule that out as a cause for her loss of taste. There are several reasons not related to medications that could lead to loss of taste: 2. Exposure to chemicals (i.e. pesticides) or metals 3. Aging (all senses worsen over time) 4. Loss of smell (this sense is closely related to sense of taste if you lose the ability to smell, your sense of taste is going to be worse too) 7. Liver or kidney problems (very rare) However, with your moms case, were thinking her loss of taste is most likely from her increase in metformin dose. Potassium and furosemide are not known to cause loss of taste, but metformin has definitely led to taste disorder in patients. Metformin would commonly lead to a metallic taste, but with your moms age (and we know our sense of taste changes/decreases as we get older), the side effect could come across as loss of taste. Patients would notice a taste disorder with me Continue reading >>

Does The Drug That ‘fixed’ My Diabetes Have A Dark Side?

Does The Drug That ‘fixed’ My Diabetes Have A Dark Side?

A while back, I wrote about how dapagliflozin revolutionised my glucose control. Almost overnight, I changed from a morbid and morbidly obese failing diabetic to a nearly new fifty-something with a rejuvenated lust for life. My HbA1c returned to normal levels and my retinopathy disappeared. I was advised to stop taking gliclazide as my glucose control seemed to be perfect, and I didn’t want to experience hypoglycaemia. I even stopped pricking my finger to measure my blood sugar. I felt my diabetes was behind me. I had also discovered a low-carb diet I could live with: bacon and eggs, kebabs, lamb chops and steaks with mustard, hummus and delicious cheeses, all accompanied by lots of salads in mayonnaise, and non-starchy veggies. Yumm! I lost three stone effortlessly. It became embarrassing how many people remarked on how well I looked, having been a sickly fat blighter for all the time before. I felt strong enough to take on a big project helping to plan and implement the regeneration of healthcare in my very rural locale. It involved lots of travelling to meet the public and speak frankly to them while thinking on my feet. I attended endless meetings and video conferences where I had to learn the tiresome new lingo of management-speak. All of this was done alongside my day and night job as a resident consultant in intensive care and anaesthesia. Before even six months were up, I began to feel a bit flakey. My memory and concentration were not good. I was having difficulty keeping up with the meetings. I was prone to emotional lability, most noticeably at home, and, most worrying of all, I was drinking too much alcohol to get to sleep. And then I noticed the smells of scrumpy and pear drops in my breath, sweat and urine. Not everyone can detect these smells. My blood Continue reading >>

Metformin Side Effects, Use For Diabetes Treatment, Dosage

Metformin Side Effects, Use For Diabetes Treatment, Dosage

Ray Sahelian, M.D. Metformin is a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. With this type of diabetes, insulin produced by the pancreas is not able to get sugar into the cells of the body where it can work properly. Using metformin alone, with a type of oral antidiabetic medicine called a sulfonylurea, or with insulin will help to lower blood sugar when it is too high and help restore the way you use food to make energy. Many people can control type 2 diabetes with diet alone or diet and exercise. Following a specially planned diet and exercising will always be important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking medicines. To work properly, the amount of metformin you take must be balanced against the amount and type of food you eat and the amount of exercise you do. If you change your diet, your exercise, or both, you will want to test your blood sugar to find out if it is too low. Your health care professional will teach you what to do if this happens. At some point, metformin may stop working as well and your blood glucose will increase. You will need to know if this happens and what to do. Instead of taking more metformin, your doctor may want you to change to another antidiabetic medicine. If that does not lower your blood sugar, your doctor may have you stop taking the medicine and begin receiving insulin injections instead. Metformin does not help patients who have insulin-dependent or type 1 diabetes because they cannot produce insulin from their pancreas gland. Their blood glucose is best controlled by insulin injections. Metformin is available only with your doctor's prescription. Adverse reactions, negative outcomes, toxicity Bad smell and nausea as side effect The commonly used diabetes drug metformin stinks, literally, and this may explain why ma Continue reading >>

Metformin, A Review

Metformin, A Review

Metformin is a drug that shows up in discussion here every so often. It is thought to be a calorie restriction mimetic, recapitulating some of the metabolic changes caused by the practice of calorie restriction. Its effects on life span in laboratory animals are up for debate and further accumulation of evidence - the results are on balance more promising than the generally dismal situation for resveratrol, but far less evidently beneficial than rapamycin. Like rapamycin, metformin isn't something you'd want to take as though it were candy, even if the regulators stood back to make that possible, as the side effects are not pleasant and potentially serious. I should note as an aside that while ongoing research into the effects of old-school drugs of this nature is certainly interesting, it doesn't really present a path to significantly enhanced health and longevity. It is a pity that such research continues to receive the lion's share of funding, given that the best case outcome is an increase in our knowledge of human metabolism, not meaningful longevity therapies. Even if the completely beneficial mechanism of action is split out from the drug's actions - as seems to be underway for rapamycin - the end results will still only be a very modest slowing of aging. You could do better by exercising, or practicing calorie restriction. For the billions in funding poured into these drug investigation programs, there should be a better grail at the end of the road - such as that offered by the SENS vision of rejuvenation biotechnology. Targeted repair of the biological damage of aging is a far, far better strategy than gently slowing the pace of damage accumulation through old-style drug discovery programs. This is a biotechnology revolution: time to start acting like it. Anyw Continue reading >>

Dr. Gott: Medication May Be Cause Of Armpit Odor

Dr. Gott: Medication May Be Cause Of Armpit Odor

Dear Dr. Gott: I’m a 63-year-old black female. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy at age 38 that left me with one ovary. At 51, I went through menopause and was prescribed the smallest dose of Premarin. After five years I slowly weaned myself off it. About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes, for which I take generic metformin, 1,500 mg daily. In 2008 I started applying alcohol (as recommended by a friend) to my underarms before applying deodorant to combat odor. At that time the odor was infrequent, but now it’s an almost daily battle. It doesn’t seem to be brought on by anything specific. I currently carry a small piece of soap that I apply dry whenever I detect the odor. It works well, but not all situations allow me to sneak off to apply it. I’m also on the following prescriptions: glimepiride, Norvasc, Enalapril, Synthroid, Vytorin and atenolol. My over-the-counters include a multivitamin, iron, Ester-C, calcium, magnesium, zinc, B complex, krill oil and an 81 mg aspirin. I eat right most of the time, exercise three to four times a week on a treadmill and keep my diabetes under control. My last A1c was 6.1. What do you think? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Dear Reader: Before I tell you what I believe the problem to be, I want to review your prescribed medications. Metformin and glimepiride are used to control diabetes. Norvasc, Enalapril and atenolol are used primarily for the treatment of hypertension. Synthroid is for low thyroid levels. Vytorin is a combination cholesterol-lowering medication. Given this combination of medications, you have hypothyroidism, diabetes, high cholesterol levels and hypertension or a heart condition requiring your blood pressure and cholesterol to be well controlled. It is possible one or a combinatio Continue reading >>

8 Reasons Your Farts Smell So Bad

8 Reasons Your Farts Smell So Bad

What makes farts stinky? To fart is human. People break wind an average of 14 times a day, emitting anywhere from half a liter to more than 2 liters of gas over a 24-hour period. And, believe it or not, 99% of gas is odor-free. But sometimes your farts are just downright funky. “Silent-but-deadly ones, the really smelly guys, are due to fermentation by bacteria in your colon,” says Patricia Raymond, MD, a Virginia Beach-based gastroenterologist and assistant professor of clinical internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. If you’re having wicked gas, it’s probably something you ate–and not necessarily a bad thing. Gas is a healthy, normal byproduct of digestion, after all. While the smell may be embarrassing in social situations, it might mean you’ve fed your gut nutritious, fiber-rich, plant-based foods. However, sometimes a bad odor can signal a more serious health problem requiring a thorough workup by a GI doc. Here are eight reasons why the gas you pass can sometimes be offensive. The bugs in your gut During digestion, gut bacteria produce sulfur-containing compounds like hydrogen sulfide that create a stench in your gas, Dr. Raymond notes. The foods you eat can influence the population of bacteria that live in your colon, and that can affect your farts, explains Frederick Gandolfo, MD, a gastroenterologist at Precision Digestive Care in Huntington, New York. “Certain people have a certain type of flora inside of them that causes them to produce more gas or smellier gas,” he says. Sulfur-rich foods Foods high in sulfur can make your farts reek of rotten eggs. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage are often to blame. Other sulfur-rich foods include garlic, onions, legumes, cheddar cheese, dried fruit Continue reading >>

Metformin Tablets 500mg Spc : Drug Discounts

Metformin Tablets 500mg Spc : Drug Discounts

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Metformin - The First 2 Weeks

Metformin - The First 2 Weeks

The first time I took Metformin I made sure I ate a large meal to counter any icky side effects. I ended up with bad stomach cramps that night. Since then, that hasn't happened again. Also had diarrhea the next morning. Since that first day I've had diarrhea two other times and some constipation. This is just weird for me cause I was very regular before. That's about it for 'bad' side effects. The other things I've noticed have been more interesting that anything. Sometimes I feel a little buzz within about 15 minutes of taking the pill - I'm thinking maybe that's sugars suddenly metabolizing. I also noticed an acute increase in my sense of smell. Of course some smells (like eucalyptus in someone's home) are pleasant and others (second hand smoke) are not! I also felt an increased sensation in my breasts and was frequently quite nip-ply - not that my boyfriend minded! The increased sense of smell and breast sensitivity have faded away now though. As I've been taking the Metformin every night with supper I've also been trying to eat breakfast more often to get ready for starting morning doses. I'm not a morning person so breakfast is tough for me! I've done pretty well so this week I'm going to try starting the Metformin twice a day - breakfast and supper. I guess we'll see what happens with the increase! Continue reading >>

Stinky Diabetes Drug May Result In Poor Adherence

Stinky Diabetes Drug May Result In Poor Adherence

An immediate-release form of the antidiabetic agent metformin has a dead fish odor that may cause patients to stop taking the drug, clinicians warned. Metformin is known to cause adverse gastrointestinal effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, distention, and abdominal pain. Those side effects "often necessitate discontinuing the drug," a group of physicians and pharmacists wrote in a letter published in the Feb. 17 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The olfactory side effect -- a "stinky fish" smell -- appears to have been previously unreported in medical literature, and physicians may be prone to confusing the nausea induced by the foul smell with the well-known gastrointestinal pharmacologic side effect from metformin, according to Allen L. Pelletier, MD, of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and colleagues. They reported two cases of patients who were driven away from metformin because of its stench. In the first case, a man who had been taking the branded drug Glucophage for several years was switched to an immediate-release, generic version of the drug. He reported that it smelled like "dead fish" and that it nauseated him. He was prescribed a generic, extended-release version and reported no further problems. In the second case, another man described the odor of the immediate-release generic metformin he took as "fishy" and he stopped taking it. He was unwilling to try an extended-release formula. Although drug directories list metformin as "odorless," and no previous studies have linked the smell of immediate-release metformin with discontinuation, the authors wrote that it's well known among pharmacists that metformin either smells like fish or "old locker room sweat socks." Diabetes and prescription drug message boards, too, contain Continue reading >>

Fishy Smell

Fishy Smell

If your vulva smells fishy, it is almost certain that you have bacterial vaginosis (also known as anaerobic vaginosis). This is an imbalance in the bacteria in the vagina. All women have harmless bacteria in their vaginal passage. In bacterial vaginosis, some of the bacteria multiply so that more are present than is normal (it is usually the Gardnerella and Mobiluncus bacteria that are the culprits). In other words, bacterial vaginosis is not an infection caught from your partner, it is caused by bacteria that are normally present in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis is treated with an antibiotic, metronidazole, from your doctor. You will find more information on bacterial vaginosis in the section on genital infections. Continue reading >>

U.s. Fda Approves Invokamet (canagliflozin/metformin Hcl) For The Treatment Of Adults With Type 2 Diabetes | Johnson & Johnson

U.s. Fda Approves Invokamet (canagliflozin/metformin Hcl) For The Treatment Of Adults With Type 2 Diabetes | Johnson & Johnson

U.S. FDA Approves INVOKAMET (canagliflozin/metformin HCl) for the Treatment of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes In Phase 3 studies, INVOKANA plus metformin lowered blood sugar and reduced secondary endpoints of body weight and systolic blood pressure to a greater degree than metformin alone RARITAN, N.J., August 8, 2014 Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved INVOKAMET, a fixed-dose therapy combining canagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride in a single tablet, for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. INVOKAMET provides the clinical attributes of INVOKANA (canagliflozin), the first sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor available in the United States, together with metformin, which is commonly prescribed early in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. INVOKAMET is the first fixed-dose combination of an SGLT2 inhibitor with metformin approved in the United States. INVOKAMET combines, in one tablet, two complementary therapeutic approaches proven effective for managing type 2 diabetes, said Richard Aguilar, M.D.*, Medical Director of Diabetes Nation. "Canagliflozin works with the kidney to promote the loss of glucose in the urine, whereas metformin decreases the production of glucose in the liver and improves the bodys response to insulin. INVOKAMET is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are not adequately controlled by treatment that includes either canagliflozin or metformin, or who are already being treated with both canagliflozin and metformin as separate medications. INVOKAMET should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. Study results demonstrated that administr Continue reading >>

Glipizide And Metformin (oral Route)

Glipizide And Metformin (oral Route)

Precautions Drug information provided by: Micromedex Your doctor will want to check your progress at regular visits , especially during the first few weeks that you take this medicine. Under certain conditions, too much glipizide and metformin can cause lactic acidosis. Symptoms of lactic acidosis are severe and quick to appear and usually occur when other health problems not related to the medicine are present and are very severe, such as a heart attack or kidney failure. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include abdominal or stomach discomfort; decreased appetite; diarrhea; fast, shallow breathing; general feeling of discomfort; muscle pain or cramping; and unusual sleepiness, tiredness, or weakness. If symptoms of lactic acidosis occur, you should get immediate emergency medical help. It is very important to follow carefully any instructions from your health care team about: Alcohol—Drinking alcohol may cause severe low blood sugar. Discuss this with your health care team. Other medicines—Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. Counseling—Other family members need to learn how to prevent side effects or help with side effects if they occur. Also, patients with diabetes may need special counseling about diabetes medicine dosing changes that might occur because of lifestyle changes, such as changes in exercise and diet. Furthermore, counseling on contraception and pregnancy may be needed because of the problems that can occur in patients with diabetes during pregnancy. Travel—Keep a recent prescription and your medical history with you. Be prepared for an emergency as you would normally. Make allowances for changing time zones and keep your meal times as close as possible to your usual meal times. In case of emergency—There may Continue reading >>

Embarrassing Body Problems You Need To Know About

Embarrassing Body Problems You Need To Know About

Got bad breath? Toenail fungus? Problems in the bedroom? You're not alone—and these could be signs of more serious issues Continue reading >>

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