Glucophage (Metformin HCl) side effects
Please see general statement regarding side effects.
Side effects may include: abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, gas, headache, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, weakness
If Glucophage is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Glucophage with the following: albuterol, alcohol, birth control pills, blood pressure medications known as calcium channel blockers (such as nifedipine), certain antibiotics (such as trimethoprim or vancomycin), cimetidine, corticosteroids (such as prednisone), digoxin, diuretics (water pills) (such as amiloride, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, or triamterene), estrogens, isoniazid, morphine, nicotinic acid, other diabetes medicines (such as chlorpropamide, glyburide, or insulin), phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, or thioridazine), phenytoin, procainamide, pseudoephedrine, quinidine, quinine, ranitidine, or thyroid medicines.
The effects of Glucophage during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Glucophage, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Do not take Glucophage if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Glucophage if you have kidney or liver problems, heart failure that is treated with medicines such as digoxin or furosemide, or a serious condition (such as heart attack, severe infection, or a stroke).
Do not take Glucophage if you drink a lot of alcohol, are dehydrated, are going to receive an injection of a dye or contrast agent for an imaging procedure (such as x-ray or CT scan), or are going to have surgery.
Do not take Glucophage if you are 80 years or older and have not had your kidney function tested.