Metformin tablets should be swallowed whole with water, and should not be chewed. For best results you should take metformin with a meal, or shortly after it, to reduce the side effects.
The dosage you need will depend on a few factors, so you'll need to be assessed by a doctor to find the most suitable dosage for you.
Metformin is also available in a liquid form for people who find it difficult to take tablets. Superdrug Online Doctor does not currently offer liquid Metformin, so you'll need to speak to your GP if liquid metformin is a more suitable option for you.
You should take Metformin exactly as prescribed by your GP.
When is the best time of day to take Metformin?
Your doctor will tell you exactly when and how to take Metformin, however Metformin should be taken at the same times every day and during or after meals.
What is the benefit of taking Metformin at night?
There is some evidence that it is better to take Metformin at night, just before bedtime, rather than in the evening. This is because the later timing may reduce hypoglycemia symptoms the next morning, however this should only be done on the advice of your doctor.
What should I do if I forget to take a pill?
If you forget to take a dose of metformin, just take your next dose at the normal time. Do not take 2 tablets to make up for the dose you missed, as this may cause side effects.
How long can I take Metformin for?
You can take Metformin to treat diabetes for life, although many people can improve (and even reverse) their diabetes by making changes to their lifestyle, such as changing their diet and losing weight.
It is important to continue taking Metformin tablets until your doctor tells you to stop, and if you would like to stop taking Metformin then you should discuss it with a doctor first.
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