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Metformin And It’s Side Affects

Recently I have had many inquiries about Metformin and its side affects.Today I would like to talk to you about the things you need to consider if you are taking it or thinking about it.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why would someone recommend a medication that would potentially harm you?
Some diabetes experts report that when it comes to prescribing initial therapy for Type 2 diabetics, some doctors tend to follow a “treatment of laziness” — for example, prescribing medications if they perceive difficulties in the patient’s ability to change dietary habits or lifestyle. Oral pills should be used in Type 2 diabetes only when diet, supplements and exercise are not effective.
The bottom line is you need to take control of your health and make decisions that are best for you. 

Metformin is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels.
Metformin is for people with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.

For those of you who were asking if Metformin is really bad for you I will let you make the decision after you read the following possible side affects.

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Causes Vitamin B12 deficiency contributing to Neuropathy.

Serious Reactions:

* lactic acidosis – is when lactic acid builds ups in the blood stream faster than it can be removed. Lactic acid is produced when oxygen levels in the body… Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of lactic acidosis including:  weakness, increasing sleepiness, slow heart rate, cold feeling, muscle pain, shortness of breath, stomach pain, feeling light-headed, and fainting

* anemia – is a condition where there is a lower than normal number of red blood cells in the blood, usually measured by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin….

Common Reactions that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

– decreased appetite
– gas
– heartburn
– metallic taste in the mouth
– mild stomachache
– nausea/vomiting
– weight loss
– rash
– diarrhea
– flatulence
– asthenia
– indigestion
– abdominal discomfort
In combination with other diabetic medications, (like acarbose, glyburide, glipizide, miglitol, or insulin), metformin may cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Contact your health care professional if you experience symptoms of low blood sugar, which may include:  -anxiety or nervousness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, hunger, pale skin, nausea, fatigue, sweating, headache, palpitations, numbness of the mouth, tingling in the fingers, tremors, muscle weakness, blurred vision, cold sensations, uncontrolled yawning, irritability, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, and loss of consciousness.

Wow! this is quite the list of side affects from Metformin.
THE GREAT NEWS is that you can avoid all of these nasty side affects by taking ACTION regarding your health by taking control of your health today. For more information, check out our free Diabetes Report.

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