Merck manufactured Glucophage is the leading brand name version of the medicine metformin, a drug with a long history of use in the management of diabetes and other conditions which require management of blood sugar levels in the body. Indeed, Glucophage is considered a first-line treatment of those with type 2 diabetes. Classed as a glucose disposal agent, Glucophage works by decreasing glucose production in the liver and improves insulin sensitivity making the cells of the body more accepting of nutrients with a given insulin load and thus prevents a situation where the body produces more and more insulin which can cause insulin resistance and make it difficult to modulate blood sugar levels.
Off-Label Use - Due to its ability to increase insulin sensitivity and to lower blood sugar levels, Glucophage is sometimes used by individuals seeking to lose bodyfat since elevated blood sugar levels can lead to more accumulation of bodyfat. This is one reason in fact why Glucophage is often particularly well suited to those who are overweight.
Excess blood sugar levels, over a chronic period of time, can eventually lead to diabetes which is more difficult to manage. In those who are overweight in particular, Glucophage is an ideal medicine for managing blood sugar levels and preventing the onset of other diseases which can be triggered by diabetes.
Glucophage is used not only in the treatment of those with type 2 diabetes but other conditions where high blood sugar levels may be a contributing factor. It is also used sometimes in women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome as well as those with cardiovascular disease. Both adults and children can be prescribed Glucophage.
Glucophage dosing and frequency will usually be determine by your personal physician. In general, the recommended dose for children is lower than that for adults and Glucophage is usually taken with or after a meal since meals will elevate blood sugar levels due to their protein and carbohydrate content. Always refer to product literature.
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