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Composition for GLUFORMIN

Metformin(500 mg)

food interaction for GLUFORMIN

alcohol interaction for GLUFORMIN

pregnancy interaction for GLUFORMIN

lactation interaction for GLUFORMIN

It is better to take Gluformin xl-500 tablet with food.
Taking metformin with alcohol may cause lactic acidosis and you may experience malaise, respiratory distress, slow or irregular heartbeat, somnolence, abdominal upset, or other unusual symptoms.
Gluformin xl-500 tablet is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown no adverse effect on the fetus, but there is no human studies or animal studies have shown an adverse effect that was not confirmed in human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Gluformin xl-500 tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Metformin(500 mg)


Gluformin xl-500 tablet is an antidiabetic medicine that helps to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

How it works

Gluformin xl-500 tablet belongs to class of medications called antidiabetics.It decreases the amount of glucose absorbed from the food and the amount ofglucose made by liver. Gluformin xl-500 tablet also increases the body's response to insulin(a natural substance that controls the amount of glucose in the blood).

Common side effects

Flatulence, Muscle pain, Abdominal bloating, Chest pain, Skin rash, Flushing, Abdominal pain, Nail disorder, Diarrhoea, Headache, Indigestion, Bitter taste, Constipation, Allergic reaction, Heartburn


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Expert advice for GLUFORMIN

  • Take the medicine with food to avoid upset stomach.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Do not take metformin in severe diarrhoea or vomiting, or when starting antihypertensive or diuretic therapy or therapy with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
  • This medication may cause lactic acidosis (a build-up of lactic acid in the body, which can be fatal).
  • Lactic acidosis can start slowly and get worse over time.
  • Consult your doctor immediately if you have even mild symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as:muscle pain or weakness,numb or cold  arms and legs,trouble breathing,feeling dizzy, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, slow heart rate.
  • Do not take metformin if you need to have any type of x-ray or CT scan using a dye
  • You need to get certain kidney function tests done before starting treatment  with metformin and regularly thereafter.
  • Be careful when taking this drug in combination with insulin or other oral antidiabetics, as it may lead to low  blood glucose level (hypoglycemia).

Frequently asked questions for GLUFORMIN


Q. Is Metformin a birth control pill/ insulin / statin/ banned drug?
Metformin (also available as glyciphage, glycomet, glycomet SR) is an antidiabetic drug used in treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, particularly in overweight patients, as an adjunct to the diet and exercise.
Q. Is metformin safe?
Metformin is generally safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can I take metformin forever?
Metformin should be taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is metformin good for weight loss / weight loss in non-diabetics?
Metformin is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, particularly in overweight patients. 


Content on this page was last updated on 06 July, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)