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Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet is a combination of two medicines that effectively controls blood sugar levels when a single medication is not effective. It should be used along with a proper diet and regular exercise for best results. It should be taken with food to avoid the side effects like nausea and stomach upset.

Uses of Glucotaj-Met Tablet SR

Glucotaj-Met Tablet SR side effects

Common
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level)
  • Taste change
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Upper respiratory tract infection

How to use Glucotaj-Met Tablet SR

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet is to be taken with food.
Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet may cause stomach upset if taken empty stomach.

How Glucotaj-Met Tablet SR works

Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet is a combination of two antidiabetic medicines: Glimepiride and Metformin. Glimepiride is a sulfonylurea which works by increasing the amount of insulin released by the pancreas in order to lower the blood glucose. Metformin is a biguanide which works by lowering glucose production in the liver, delaying glucose absorption from intestines and increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin.

Glucotaj-Met Tablet SR related warnings

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet Taking metformin with alcohol can cause lactic acidosis and you may experience malaise, respiratory distress, slow or irregular heartbeat, sleepiness, stomach upset, or other unusual symptoms.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
CAUTION
Your ability to drive may be affected if your blood sugar is too low or too high. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet is, however, not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease. Regular monitoring of kidney function test is advisable while you are taking this medicine.
Liver
CAUTION
Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet is generally started with low dose in patients with mild to moderate liver disease and its use is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

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Expert Advice

  • Monitor your blood sugar level regularly while you are taking this medicine. 
  • It can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal. 
  • Inform your doctor about your diabetes treatment if you are due to have surgery under a general anesthetic.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any deep or rapid breathing or if you have persistent nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain as Glucotaj-Met 1mg/500mg Tablet may cause a rare but serious condition called lactic acidosis, which is an excess of lactic acid in the blood.
  • Your doctor may check your liver function regularly. Inform your doctor if you develop symptoms such as abdominal pain, loss of appetite, or yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice).

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Glucotaj-Met

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Type 2 Diabetes for the part 4 yrs. Taking one dose of Galvus met 250/25mg after night meal. Following exercise and diet. The sugar level is 170 to 190. Do I need to take more medicines or Is this enough
Dr. Satish Kumar Jyoti
Diabetes Specialist
Is this your fasting blood sugar or pp
I am having Type-2 Diabetes. I have consulted with Dr. Vineet PATIENT He has advised me to take Galvus met along with Evion 400 capsule. My current Blood Sugar level is between 120 to 130(Fasting). Please suggest me further on medicine & other things if any
Dr. Sanjay Bhatt
Diabetes Specialist
It is easy to maintain sugar levels.You should have dedication to do regular exercise and maintain your calories intake which your diabetic educator have be told.As only medicine can't help for long time.secondly you you take proper dose of medicine which doctor has adjusted for you as per your reports.thirdly time visit to doctor and do all routine investigations.
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FAQs

Q. What are the recommended storage conditions for Glucotaj-Met?

Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

Q. Can the use of Glucotaj-Met lead to lactic acidosis?

Yes, the use of Glucotaj-Met can lead to lactic acidosis. It is a medical emergency which is caused by increased levels of lactic acid in the blood. It is also known as MALA (Metformin-associated lactic acidosis). It is a rare side effect associated with the use of metformin and therefore, it is considered to be harmful for patients with underlying kidney disease, old age patients or who take large amounts of alcohol. Symptoms of lactic acidosis may include muscle pain or weakness, dizziness, tiredness, feeling of cold in arms and legs, difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or slow heart rate. If you have these symptoms, stop taking Glucotaj-Met and consult your doctor immediately.

Q. What is Glucotaj-Met?

Glucotaj-Met is a combination of two medicines: Glimepiride and Metformin. This medicine is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). It improves blood glucose levels in adults when taken along with proper diet and regular exercise. Glimepiride lowers the blood glucose levels by increasing the release of insulin from the pancreas. Metformin works by lowering the glucose production in the liver and improving insulin sensitivity. This combination is not indicated for the treatment of type 1 DM.

Q. What are the possible side effects of Glucotaj-Met?

The use of Glucotaj-Met is associated with common side effects like hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), altered taste, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache and upper respiratory tract infection. Its use can also lead to serious but rare side effects like lactic acidosis. On long-term use it can also lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Q. Can the use of Glucotaj-Met lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes, the use of Glucotaj-Met can cause Vitamin B12 deficiency on long-term use. It interferes with the absorption of Vitamin B12 in the stomach. If untreated, it may cause anemia and nerve problems and the patient can experience tingling sensation and numbness in hands and feet, weakness, urinary problems, change in mental status and difficulty in maintaining balance (ataxia). To avoid such problems, some researchers suggest an intake of Vitamin B12 from outside sources at least once every year.

Q. Can the use of Glucotaj-Met cause hypoglycemia?

Yes, the use of Glucotaj-Met can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include nausea, headache, irritability, hunger, sweating, dizziness, fast heart rate and feeling anxious or shaky. It happens more often if you miss or delay your food, drink alcohol, over-exercise or take other antidiabetic medicine along with it. So, regular monitoring of the blood sugar level is important. Always keep a quick source of sugar like glucose tablets, honey or fruit juice with you.

Q. Is it safe to take alcohol while I am also taking Glucotaj-Met?

No, it is not safe to take Glucotaj-Met along with alcohol, as it may lower your blood sugar levels and lead to hypoglycemia. It can also increase the chances of lactic acidosis.

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