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Metformin Warnings and Precautions

Who Should Not Take Metformin?

You should not take metformin if you:
  • Are allergic to metformin, Glucophage, or any inactive component used to make metformin. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients used to make metformin.
  • Have kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure).
  • Have congestive heart failure (CHF) that is severe enough to require treatment with medications.
  • Have metabolic or diabetic ketoacidosis (a life-threatening condition that may occur with uncontrolled diabetes). This condition needs to be treated with insulin.
  • Are seriously dehydrated (have lost a lot of water from your body).
  • Are going to have an x-ray procedure with an injection of dyes (contrast agents).
  • Are going to have surgery.
  • Develop a serious condition, such as a heart attack, severe infection, or stroke.
  • Are 80 years or older and you have not had your kidney function tested.

Metformin Warnings and Precautions: Summary

There are several situations where metformin should not be taken, along with a number of precautions and warnings people should be aware of with this drug. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions for metformin were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific ones that may apply to you.
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