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Glucophage Side Effects

As with any medication, side effects with Glucophage are possible, including diarrhea, nausea, and headaches. Most people, however, have no problems; if side effects do occur, they are often treated easily. If you experience more serious side effects, such as chest pain, signs of an allergic reaction, or signs of low or high blood sugar, you should report them immediately to your healthcare provider.

Glucophage Side Effects: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Glucophage® (metformin) or Glucophage XR® (metformin ER). However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If Glucophage side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects of Glucophage. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Glucophage side effects with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Glucophage

Glucophage and Glucophage XR have been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects occurring in a group of people taking the drug are always documented and compared to side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
 
Based on these studies, the most common side effects include:
 
  • Diarrhea -- in up to 53.2 percent of people
  • Nausea or vomiting -- up to 25.5 percent
  • Gas -- up to 12.1 percent
  • Weakness -- up to 9.2 percent
  • Indigestion -- up to 7.1 percent
  • Abdominal discomfort (stomach discomfort) -- up to 6.4 percent
  • Headache -- up to 5.7 percent.
     
Generally, people have fewer side effects when taking the long-acting form (Glucophage XR). Common side effects with Glucophage XR include diarrhea (up to 9.6 percent of people) and nausea or vomiting (up to 6.5 percent of people).
 
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