There have been several studies looking at the effects of Glucophage XR on type 2 diabetes. In these studies, the medication has been shown to decrease fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c).
HbA1c is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Normal levels are usually less than 6 percent in people without diabetes; people with diabetes usually have higher HbA1c results.
Studies have shown that the higher the HbA1c, the greater the chance for developing long-term problems related to diabetes. This includes problems such as:
By getting blood sugar levels under control with Glucophage XR, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing these diabetes complications.
Some studies also suggest that the medication may lead to weight loss (see Glucophage and Weight Loss).
(Click Benefits of Metformin for specific information on the beneficial effects of Glucophage XR.)
When and How to Take the MedicationSome general considerations for when and how to take Glucophage XR include the following:
- Glucophage XR comes in tablet form. It should be taken once daily with your evening meal.
- Be sure to take this medication with food to reduce stomach upset.
- Glucophage XR should be swallowed whole and should not be broken or crushed.
- This drug should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For Glucophage XR to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.