What is Metformin ?
Metformin is a medication that is used to treat type 2 diabetes, a condition in which the body does not properly use and store glucose (a type of sugar). It belongs to a class of drugs called biguanides and works by decreasing the amount of sugar produced by the liver and increasing the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar levels.
Metformin is usually taken by mouth in the form of a pill or liquid and is usually taken once or twice a day. It is usually taken in combination with other medications and lifestyle changes (such as diet and exercise) to help manage blood sugar levels.
Metformin is generally well-tolerated, but it can cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and stomach upset. It is important to follow the dosage and treatment plan prescribed by your healthcare provider and to talk to your provider if you experience any side effects. It is also important to be aware that metformin can interact with other medications and may not be suitable for everyone, so it is important to discuss your medical history and current medication regimen with your healthcare provider before starting metformin.