Metfortal SR 500 Tablet

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Overview

Uses of Metfortal Tablet SR

Metfortal SR 500 Tablet is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is used in addition to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Metfortal Tablet SR side effects

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

How to use Metfortal 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. Metfortal SR 500 Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Metfortal Tablet SR 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.

Metfortal Tablet SR related warnings

Alcohol
CAUTION
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
Metfortal SR 500 Tablet is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
Metfortal SR 500 Tablet 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
Metfortal SR 500 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Metfortal SR 500 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Metfortal SR 500 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
Metfortal SR 500 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Metfortal SR 500 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Metfortal SR 500 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.

What if you miss a dose of Metfortal Tablet SR?

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

Alternate Brands

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Metfortal SR 500 Tablet
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Interaction with Drugs

Taking Metfortal with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Metfortal

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High cholesterol and lipid. Also type 2 diabetes under control. Vegetarian. Pls advise on dite
Dr. Waseem Mirza
Sexologist
Per day calorie intake should be between 1,500-1,800 calories with a proportion of 60:20:20 between carbohydrates, fats and proteins, respectively, take Healthy fats from raw nuts, olive oil, fish oils, flax seeds etc, fresh Fruits and vegetables,whole grains, legumes and other high-fibre diet, avoid refined carbohydrate diet,if u eat non veg u can take fish, poultry egg white, pulses whereas avoid red meat, avoid saturated fats like ghee, butter, avoid sweet foods, take small but frequent meals, supplements containing omega 3 fatty acids like Multivite fm omega capsule Quit smoking, avoid too much alcohol intake, find ways to reduce stress like meditation, yoga, etc. Moderate exercise daily like a brisk walk for 1 km. hope it helps
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January and I m taking medicine. Now it's under control. Can you suggest me a meal plan that I can go for to control my weight and diabetes. Thank you
Dr. Shikha Mishra
Dietician
eat 6-7 meals per day, which consist fruits, nuts, buttermilk,egg, homecooked food. Drink 3-4 litters of water.Be active whole day for personalized diet chart write to me on shikhamishra.nutrition@gmail.com do minimum 45 min exercise everyday like yoga, cardio or weights
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FAQs

Q. Does Metfortal clear acne?

Metfortal 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 Metfortal forever?

Metfortal 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 Metfortal cause weight gain?

No, weight gain has not been reported with Metfortal. 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 Metfortal cause vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes, long-term use of Metfortal 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 Metfortal helpful in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Yes. Metfortal 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 Metfortal help in weight loss?

Metfortal 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 Metfortal cause bloating?

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

Q. Is Metfortal useful in the treatment of infertility?

Metfortal 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 Metfortal useful in the treatment of prediabetes?

Metfortal 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. Metfortal 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 Metfortal.

Q. Does Metfortal cause blurry vision?

Metfortal 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 Metfortal use leads to anemia?

Metfortal 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 Metfortal with linagliptin?

Both Metfortal and linagliptin are anti-diabetic drugs and can be used together. Their fixed dose combinations are also available and commonly advised once Metfortal 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.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 13th Dec 2018.
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