Metformin – Lesser known facts about the cost-effective drug!

Metformin is a low-cost generic that reduces blood sugar. Read on to know few lesser known facts about the wonder pill.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015, 13:19 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: Metformin is a low-cost generic that reduces blood sugar. The generic drug is a cost-effective way to help prevent Type 2 diabetes in people at high risk of developing the chronic condition.

Here are a few lesser known facts about the wonder pill:

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-It is important not to use this medication without medical supervision and proper dosage as it may lead to medical conditions which may be fatal.

-Overdose of metformin may lead to muscle pain, cold arms and legs, breathing issues etc.

-It is advisable to take metformin with a meal, unless your doctor tells you for some changes.

-It is recommended to swallow the complete pill and not break it or crush it when consumed.

-Before starting with the drug dosage, always make sure that your doctor knows about your medical history.

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