Information about Phenformin

    Phenformin uses

    Phenformin is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

    How phenformin works

    Phenformin is an anti-diabetic medicine. It restores the body's ability to use insulin, lowering the blood sugar levels. It also decreases the amount of glucose absorbed from food in the intestine and decreases glucose production in the liver.

    Common side effects of phenformin

    Nausea, Altered taste, Vomiting, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea, Bloating, Loss of appetite

    Available Medicine for Phenformin

    No medicine available

    Expert advice for Phenformin

    • Well tolerated antidiabetic medicine with a low risk of weight gain and hypoglycemia.
    • Can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) when used with other antidiabetic medicines, alcohol or if you delay or miss a meal. Get blood sugar levels checked at regular intervals and always keep a source of sugar with you for quick relief.
    • Take it with food to avoid stomach upset like nausea, gas, stomach pain and diarrhea. However, this usually gets relieved on its own. Contact your doctor if it persists for a long time.
    • Inform your doctor if you have a kidney disease. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
    • Can cause Vitamin B12 deficiency and symptoms of anemia like tiredness, pale skin, shortness of breath or headache. Inform your doctor as you may need supplements.

    Content on this page was last updated on 19 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)