#diabetes #health #medicine #metformin _______________________________________________________________ Metformin Playlist: https://bit.ly/2Gl34Th Video Link: https://bit.ly/2YgkniC _______________________________________________________________ SUMMARY: In this mini-video, we will talk about: What are the most common side effects of metformin? Which side effects may happen on long-term use? And, when you should not use metformin? When people begin taking metformin, they commonly experience gastrointestinal side effects such as nausea, metallic taste in the mouth, loss of appetite, and even diarrhea. Some of these can be minimized by taking metformin right after a meal. Diarrhea usually stops after a few days of continued treatment with diabetes. If these symptoms are severe, which may rarely be the case, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You should also reach out to your doctor if you experience dizziness, weakness, sweating or body rash as these are rare. The most serious and fatal side effect of metformin is the build-up of lactic acid in the blood— known as lactic acidosis. However, do not let this scare you as this is rare but can happen due to overdose or in people with kidney impairment. So far we’ve discussed the side-effects of metformin. What about the problems that may occur with the long-term use of this medication? When you continue using metformin for years, your doctor may monitor vitamin B12 levels during annual visits. This is because long term use of metformin can deplete your Vitamin B12 reserves and lead to anemia. Let’s also talk about when you should stop taking this medication? If you are allergic to metformin or even the inactive ingredients in metformin, you should not use metformin. Also, if you are planning to have a contrast X-ray, metformin should be stopped. Therefore, ask your doctor on when to stop and resume metformin. Have you experienced any other side effects? What did you do to minimize them? Let us know in the comments section. Your experience may be extremely helpful to others. _______________________________________________________________ BACKGROUND: This mini-video is a part of video series on metformin that covers the following topics: – What is metformin? – How does metformin work? – When to take metformin? – What are the most common side effects of metformin? – When you should not use metformin? – Metformin and alcohol – What’s the relation? – Can using metformin make you fat or lose weight? – And, answers to other questions that you may have. _______________________________________________________________ IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The content on this channel is intended for general education only and should not be relied upon for personal diagnosis or treatment. _______________________________________________________________ || Visit us at WeTheGurus.com ||