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Is it safe to take Glyciphage SR for high blood sugar?

Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Answered by: Dr Sujeet Jha
Consultant Endocrinologist,Max Healthcare, New Delhi
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Q. My blood sugar level is 110-120 mg/dl fasting and 140-150 mg/dl post prandial (PP). Initially, I was taking Amaryl 1 mg but as it was giving a sensation on my tongue, I was asked to take Gluco Bay which resulted in severe gas trouble. So my doctor suggested Gluco Phage 500. But Gluco Phage is not available in India and I have started taking Glyciphage . With this the gas trouble has started again. Which medicine should I take now? Is it safe to take Glyciphage SR?

A.  Yes, Sustained release Metformin (glyciphage SR) has less stomach related side effects. Start with once a day and increase it to twice a day. You should also get HbA1c test, which gives an idea of 3 months control. Please make sure your sugar control remains fine with this medication and if it’s not, then consult your doctor.

A.  Yes, Sustained release Metformin (glyciphage SR) has less stomach related side effects. Start with once a day and increase it to twice a day. You should also get HbA1c test, which gives an idea of 3 months control. Please make sure your sugar control remains fine with this medication and if it’s not, then consult your doctor.

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