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Effects of Metformin Oral Solution

Several studies have looked at the effects of metformin oral solution on type 2 diabetes. In these studies, the medication has been shown to decrease fasting blood sugar and to decrease hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). HbA1c is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Normal HbA1c levels are usually less than 6 percent in people without diabetes; people with diabetes usually have higher HbA1c results.
Diabetes research studies have shown that the higher the HbA1c, the greater the chance for developing long-term problems related to diabetes. This includes such problems as:
By getting blood sugar levels under control with metformin oral solution, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing these diabetes-related complications.
Some studies also suggest that metformin oral solution may lead to weight loss (see Metformin and Weight Loss).
(Click Benefits of Metformin for more information on the beneficial effects of metformin oral solution.)

When and How to Take Metformin Oral Solution

General considerations for when and how to take metformin oral solution include the following:
  • Metformin oral solution comes as a cherry-flavored liquid that is taken by mouth, usually two or three times per day.
  • Metformin oral solution should be taken with food to reduce stomach upset.
  • Metformin oral solution should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
  • For metformin oral solution to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work it you stop taking it.
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