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Dosing Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • How well your diabetes is controlled
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Metformin Dosing for more details on this topic.)
 

Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects. However, not everyone who takes metformin will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
The most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Gas
  • Weakness
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal discomfort (or stomach discomfort)
  • Headache.
     
(Click Metformin Side Effects to learn more about the specific side effects of the drug, including serious side effects to look out for. You can also read about other possible side effects by going to:
 
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