Fortamet (Metformin Hydrochloride) is indicated for patients with type 2 diabetes. It is used with a proper diet and exercise. It is also used with other medications to control high blood sugar.
Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent blindness, kidney damage, and loss of limbs. It also prevents nerve problems and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of stroke or heart attack.
How does Fortamet (Metformin Hydrochloride) work?
Fortamet (Metformin Hydrochloride) works by reducing the amount of sugar or glucose made by the liver. Through it, the amount of sugar in your body is less absorbed. It also increases the effects of insulin in your body.
Insulin is a hormone that helps your body removes extra sugar from your blood. it also lowers your blood sugar levels.
Why use Fortamet (Metformin Hydrochloride)?
Fortamet contains an active ingredient of Metformin Hydrochloride. It belongs to the class of medications called biguanides. It is a white to off-white crystalline powder. It is freely soluble in water and in practically insoluble in acetone. This comes as an extended-release tablet. Each tablet has the strengths of 500 mg and 1,000 mg for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Fortamet (Metformin Hydrochloride)?
This medication is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take it with or without food. It is usually taken once a day. Swallow the tablet as a whole. Do not chew or break it. Remember to take it at the same time each day.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. The dosage may also depend on the other medications that you are taking. Take this prescription exactly as it is given by your doctor.
What are the side-effects of Fortamet (Metformin Hydrochloride)?
- Muscle pain
- Stomach upset or pain
- A metallic taste in the mouth
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this drug, inform your doctor about the medical history that you had. Tell also if you have any allergies or current medications.
- Do not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours. Let them consult a doctor.
- Call for medical help if there are any signs of an allergic reaction or overdose.
- If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, never mind the missed dose. Do not take twice the prescribed dosage.