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Metafort 500 Tablet PR

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Overview

Introduction of Metafort Tablet PR

Metafort 500 Tablet PR is a medicine used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. It helps to lower the high blood sugar levels and prevents long-term complications. This drug 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 of nausea and upset stomach.

Uses of Metafort Tablet PR

Metafort Tablet PR side effects

Common
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Taste change
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
Severe
  • Lactic acidosis

How to use Metafort Tablet PR

Use it as advised by your doctor or check the label for directions before use. Metafort 500 Tablet PR is to be taken with food.

How Metafort Tablet PR works

Metformin is an anti-diabetic medication (biguanide). It works by lowering glucose production in the liver, delaying sugar (glucose) absorption from intestines and increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin.

Metafort Tablet PR related warnings

Alcohol
CAUTION
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Metafort 500 Tablet PR. 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
PROBABLY SAFE
Metafort 500 Tablet PR is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the fetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
Metafort 500 Tablet PR is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Driving
Your ability to drive may be affected if your blood sugar is low or high. If this happens, do not drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Metafort 500 Tablet PR should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Metafort 500 Tablet PR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Metafort 500 Tablet PR 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
Metafort 500 Tablet PR should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Metafort 500 Tablet PR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Metafort 500 Tablet PR 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.

What if you miss a dose of Metafort Tablet PR?

If you miss a dose of Metafort 500 Tablet PR, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Chances of weight gain and low blood sugar are lesser as compared to other diabetes medicines. 
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) may occur when taken along with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or on delaying/skipping a meal. Carry a sugar source with you for immediate relief.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any deep or rapid breathing, persistent nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain as Metafort 500 Tablet PR may cause a rare but serious condition called lactic acidosis, which is an excess of lactic acid in the blood.
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency and symptoms of anemia like fatigue, pale skin, shortness of breath or headache may occur. Notify your doctor if you experience any of these as you may require supplements.
  • Your doctor will monitor your blood sugar levels and kidney functions regularly while taking this medication.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Metafort with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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FAQs

Q. Does Metafort clear acne?

Metafort is not indicated specifically to clear acne. However, in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), it helps clear acne along with other problems like facial hair, abdominal obesity, and irregular menstruation.

Q. Can I take Metafort forever?

Metafort is generally a safe and well-tolerated drug even on long-term use. However, it should be used for the duration prescribed by your doctor.

Q. Does Metafort cause weight gain?

No, weight gain has not been reported with Metafort. Rather, it helps in decreasing weight especially in abdominal fat patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus. In women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), it helps in losing weight along with relieving other problems like facial hair, acne, and irregular menstruation.

Q. Can the use of Metafort cause vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes, long-term use of Metafort can cause vitamin B12 deficiency. long-term use interferes with the absorption of vitamin B12 in the stomach. If untreated, it may cause anemia and nerve problems and the patient can have tingling sensation and numbness in hands and feet, weakness, urinary problems, change in mental status and difficulty in making balance (ataxia). To avoid these problems, doctors usually suggest an intake of vitamin B12 from outside at least once every year.

Q. Is Metafort helpful in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Yes. Metafort is used off-label in the treatment of PCOS. It may be used along with other medicines to induce ovulation and regularize menstrual cycles.

Q. How does Metafort help in weight loss?

Metafort helps in weight loss by decreasing the hunger (appetite), and hence, the food intake. It makes the insulin already available in your body to work more effectively. This leads to a decrease in glucose production, increase the glucose use and decrease the fat deposits which further helps to lower the body weight.

Q. Does Metafort cause bloating?

Yes, the use of Metafort can cause bloating. To minimize this side effect, it is advised to take it after your meals.

Q. Is Metafort useful in the treatment of infertility?

Metafort is prescribed to improve the insulin resistance in the body. Proper insulin resistance regulates ovulation, maintains proper androgen levels in the body, and improves menstrual regularity. This increases the pregnancy rates and outcomes and indirectly treats the infertility associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Q. Is Metafort useful in the treatment of prediabetes?

Metafort is seen to be useful in the management of prediabetes, a condition with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to label you as diabetic. Metafort makes the insulin already available in your body to work more effectively, decreases glucose production by liver and increases use of glucose by the muscles and lowers body weight. However, lifestyle modifications like a change in diet and exercise should be tried first as they are seen to be more effective than Metafort.

Q. Does Metafort cause blurry vision?

Metafort is not known to cause blurred vision. Change in vision in a patient with diabetes could be due to multiple reasons. Please consult your doctor if blurred vision occurs.

Q. Does Metafort use leads to anemia?

Metafort may decrease the levels of vitamin B12 on long term use which may rarely cause a type of anemia in which blood cells are larger than normal (megaloblastic anemia). You may need to take foods rich in vitamin B12 like eggs, dairy products, and meat or a supplement from outside.

Q. How beneficial is it to take Metafort with linagliptin?

Both Metafort and linagliptin are anti-diabetic drugs and can be used together. Their fixed dose combinations are also available and commonly advised once Metafort is unable to control blood sugar levels even after giving the maximum tolerated dose. As they work by different mechanisms, they help in better control of blood sugar levels compared to either drug taken alone.

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