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Precautions and Warnings for Glucophage

There are several precautions and warnings for Glucophage to be aware of. For example, there are potential drug interactions that can occur when Glucophage is taken with certain other drugs. Also, Glucophage can increase your risk of developing lactic acidosis. You should not take Glucophage if you have severe congestive heart failure, are seriously dehydrated, or are going to have surgery.

Glucophage: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Glucophage® (metformin) or Glucophage XR® (metformin ER) if you have:
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Low vitamin B12 levels (pernicious anemia)
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Had a heart attack or stroke
  • An upcoming surgery or procedure (including x-rays or other radiology procedures)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Drink alcohol regularly.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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