1. About Nu-Metformin
Nu-Metformin is a medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes, and to help prevent type 2 diabetes if you're at high risk of developing it.
Nu-Metformin is used when treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), although it's not officially approved for PCOS.
Type 2 diabetes is an illness where the body does not make enough insulin, or the insulin that it makes does not work properly. This can cause high blood sugar levels (hyperglycaemia).
PCOS is a condition that affects how the ovaries work.
Nu-Metformin lowers your blood sugar levels by improving the way your body handles insulin.
It's usually prescribed for diabetes when diet and exercise alone have not been enough to control your blood sugar levels.
For women with PCOS, Nu-Metformin lowers insulin and blood sugar levels, and can also stimulate ovulation.
Nu-Metformin is available on prescription as tablets and as a liquid that you drink.
What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Nu-Metformin?
Side effects of Nu-Metformin include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Hypersensitivity to Nu-Metformin
Diabetic ketoacidosis with or without coma
Severe renal disease: eGFR Formulary Patient Discounts
Adding plans allows you to compare formulary status to other drugs in the same class.
To view formulary information first create a list of plans. Your list will be saved and can be edited at any time.
Adding plans allows you to:
- View the formulary and any restrictions for each plan.
- Manage and view all your plans together – even plans in different states.
- Compare formulary status to other drugs in the same class.
- Access your plan list on any device – mobile or desktop.
The above information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only. Individual plans may vary and formulary information changes. Contact the applicable plan provider for the most current information.
What if I take too much?
An overdose of a large number of Nu-Metformin tablets can cause serious health problems. The symptoms are severe and quick to appear.
- stomach pain
- fast or shallow breathing
- feeling cold
- unusual sleepiness
- tiredness or weakness
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These are not all the side effects of Nu-Metformin.
For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.
1) X-Ray & CT Scans
X-ray studies and CT scans frequently use contrast media, which may induce kidney damage and lead to lactic acidosis.
A study of 98 patients taking Nu-Metformin showed that the risk of developing kidney damage (contrast-induced nephropathy) due to contrast media injection is minimal unless the patient has previous kidney failure .
Nu-Metformin can decrease the levels of vitamin B-12 in your body. In rare cases, this can cause anemia or low levels of red blood cells. If you don’t get much vitamin B-12 or calcium through your diet, you may be at higher risk of very low vitamin B-12 levels.
Your vitamin B-12 levels can improve if you stop taking Nu-Metformin or take vitamin B-12 supplements. Do not stop taking Nu-Metformin without talking to your doctor.
The more common symptoms of anemia include:
If you think you may have anemia, make an appointment with your doctor to have your red blood cell levels checked.
1) Other Diabetes Medications
Sitagliptin ( Januvia ), a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, and repaglinide ( Prandin ), a meglitinide, can both decrease the effectiveness of Nu-Metformin by inhibiting its absorption in the gut and uptake in the liver .
COMMON BRAND(S): Glucophage
GENERIC NAME(S): Nu-Metformin
Rarely, too much Nu-Metformin can build up in the body and cause a serious (sometimes fatal) condition called lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis is more likely if you are an older adult, if you have kidney or liver disease, dehydration, heart failure, heavy alcohol use, if you have surgery, if you have X-ray or scanning procedures that use iodinated contrast, or if you are using certain drugs. For some conditions, your doctor may tell you to stop taking this medication for a short time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Stop taking this medication and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as unusual tiredness, dizziness, severe drowsiness, chills, blue/cold skin, muscle pain, fast/difficult breathing, slow/irregular heartbeat, or stomach pain with nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.
Nu-Metformin is used with a proper diet and exercise program and possibly with other medications to control high blood sugar. It is used in patients with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Nu-Metformin works by helping to restore your body's proper response to the insulin you naturally produce. It also decreases the amount of sugar that your liver makes and that your stomach/intestines absorb.
What are the side effects of Nu-Metformin?
The most common side effects with Nu-Metformin are
These symptoms occur in one out of every three patients. These side effects may be severe enough to cause therapy to be discontinued in one out of every 20 patients. These side effects are related to the dose of the medication and may decrease if the dose is reduced.
Nu-Metformin may also cause:
A serious but rare side effect of Nu-Metformin is lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis occurs in one out of every 30,000 patients and is fatal in 50% of cases. The symptoms of lactic acidosis are
- trouble breathing,
- abnormal heartbeats,
- unusual muscle pain,
- stomach discomfort,
- light-headedness, and
- feeling cold.
Patients at risk for lactic acidosis include those with reduced function of the