Introduction to Mefomin GZ 80mg Tablet
Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet belongs to a category of medicines known as Anti-diabetic drugs. It is a combination of two medicines used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. It helps control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet should be taken with food. Take it regularly at the same time each day to get the most benefit. Your doctor will decide what dose is best for you and this may change from time to time according to how it is working according to your blood sugar levels.
Keep taking this medicine, even if you feel well or your blood sugar levels are controlled. If you stop it without consulting your doctor, your blood sugar levels could rise and put you at risk of kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems and loss of limbs. Remember that it is only part of a treatment program that should also include a healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight reduction as advised by your doctor. Your lifestyle plays a big part in controlling diabetes.
The most common side effect of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet is low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia). Make sure you recognize the signs of having low blood glucose levels, such as sweating, dizziness, headache, and shaking and know how to deal with it. To prevent this, it’s important to have regular meals and always carry a fast-acting source of glucose such as sugary food or fruit juice with you. Drinking alcohol can also increase your risk of low blood sugar levels and should be avoided. Other side effects that may be seen on taking this medicine include taste changes, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, and upper respiratory tract infection. Some people may find that they put on weight with this medicine.
You should not take it if you have type 1 diabetes mellitus, if you have diabetic ketoacidosis (high levels of acid in your blood), or if you have severe kidney or liver disease. Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart disease. It may not be suitable. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking it. Your blood sugar levels should be checked regularly and your doctor may also advise blood tests to monitor your blood cell counts and liver function.
Uses of Mefomin GZ 80mg
- Treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus
How Does Mefomin GZ 80mg Tablets Works
Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet is a combination of two anti-diabetic drugs: Gliclazide and Metformin. Gliclazide is a ‘sulfonylurea’ which acts by increasing the amount of insulin released by the pancreas. On the other hand, Metformin, which is a ‘biguanide’, works by lowering the glucose production in the liver, delaying glucose absorption from the intestines and increasing the body’s response to insulin. In a nutshell, the two medicines prevent blood glucose levels from rising to very high levels, thus keeping your Diabetes under control.
Side Effects of Mefomin GZ 80
- Hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose level)
- Hunger pangs
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin
- Taste change
- Stomach pain
Dosages of Mefomin GZ 80
- Alcohol: It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet.
- Pregnancy: Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
- Breast feeding: Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
- Driving: Your ability to drive may be affected if your blood sugar is too low or too high. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
- Kidney: Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
- Liver: Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet?
Ans. Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet is a combination of two medicines: Gliclazide and Metformin. This medicine is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). It improves blood glucose levels in adults when taken along with proper diet and regular exercise. Gliclazide lowers the blood glucose levels by increasing the release of insulin from the pancreas. Metformin works by lowering the glucose production in the liver and improving insulin sensitivity. This combination is not indicated for the treatment of Type 1 DM.
2. What are the possible side effects of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet?
Ans. The use of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet is associated with common side effects. These side effects may include hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), altered taste, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache and upper respiratory tract infection. Its use can also lead to serious but rare side effects like lactic acidosis. On long-term use, it can also lead to vitamin B12 deficiency.
3. Can the use of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet cause hypoglycemia?
Ans. Yes, the use of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include nausea, headache, irritability, hunger, sweating, dizziness, fast heart rate and feeling anxious or shaky. It happens more often if you miss or delay your food, drink alcohol, over-exercise or take other antidiabetic medicine along with it. So, regular monitoring of blood sugar level is important. Always keep glucose tablets, honey or fruit juice with you.
4. Can the use of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet cause lactic acidosis?
Ans. Yes, the use of Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet can lead to lactic acidosis. It is a medical emergency which is caused by increased levels of lactic acid in the blood. It is also known as MALA (Metformin associated lactic acidosis). It is a rare side effect associated with the use of metformin. It is avoided in patients with underlying kidney disease, old age patients or who take large amounts of alcohol. Symptoms of lactic acidosis may include muscle pain or weakness, dizziness, tiredness, feeling of cold in arms and legs, difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or slow heart rate. If you have these symptoms, stop taking Mefomin GZ 80 Tablet and immediately consult your doctor.