Glucophage SR is a brand name of metformin and is available as a prolonged release tablet. Metformin is typically prescribed for adults who suffer from type 2 diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood glucose levels becoming too high. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 2 diabetes is where the body does not produce the sufficient amount of insulin or when the body’s cells do not react to insulin. Insulin is a hormone, which is produced by the pancreas and controls the amount of sugar in the blood.
When you have diabetes, the glucose in your body struggles to break down. When you digest food, it enters into your bloodstream and then insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into your cells.
It is then broken down to produce energy however; if you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down the glucose into energy. The cause of this is either there is not enough insulin to regulate the level of glucose in the blood, or the insulin produced is ineffective.
The condition is linked to being overweight and having an inactive lifestyle with no exercise. Also, if you have a family history of diabetes, you could be at an increased risk of developing the condition at some point in your life.
If diabetes is left untreated, a number of serious health conditions can develop, including damage to vital organs, such as the heart and kidneys, and nervous system. Blindness (diabetic retinopathy) can also develop, as a result of constantly high blood sugar levels.
Your doctor will be able to provide actionable steps to manage your condition, which may include making changes to your diet or lifestyle.
How Does Glucophage SR Work?
Glucophage SR contains the active ingredient Metformin, which reduces the amount of glucose the liver makes.
By reducing the amount of glucose produced by the liver, the blood sugar level decreases.
How Do I Take Glucophage SR?
Always take Glucophage SR exactly as your doctor has advised you to. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure on the dose.
Do not crush or chew the tablet; simply swallow it whole with a glass of water.
Always take Glucophage SR with food.
What should I do if I forget to take Glucophage SR when I should?
If you forget to take Glucophage SR when you should, take it as soon as you remember with some food.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
What should I do if I take too much Glucophage SR?
If you take too much Glucophage SR contact your doctor or pharmacist ASAP.