Glucophage, with the generic name Metformin, is an oral medication. Alternative brand names include Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Fortamet, and Riomet. This insuling-lowering drug helps lower blood sugar, which may help reduce polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms like infertility from lack of ovulation.
Doctors usually prescribe Glucophage to treat type 2 diabetes, but they may also prescribe the medication to treat gestational diabetes. However, some fertility doctors prescribe this medication to treat PCOS, a common cause of infertility in women.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is associated with high blood sugar levels, which can trigger high levels of male hormones in the body. These male hormones can cause irregular menstrual cycles and reduce ovulation, causing infertility in women. This drug can help lower blood sugar levels, which in turn reduces the level of male hormones like testosterone in women, helping to restore ovulation and thus fertility. This diabetes drug lowers blood sugar levels by reducing the amount of glucose absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, by suppressing glucose production in the liver, and by increasing the body's glucose sensitivity.
Your fertility doctor will tell you how and when to take it for fertility. You should take tablets orally, without crushing or chewing the tablet, at the same time as you eat a meal. Your doctor may gradually increase your dosage as you take it for weeks or months, and you may take the drug two or three times a day. If your doctor prescribes an extended release type of Glucophage, Glucophage XR, you may take it once a day.
You should seek medical attention if these side effects persist or worsen. It is rare to have a serious allergic reaction to this medication, but seek medical attention if you have symptoms of an allergic reaction like
While taking this drug, you could experience symptoms of high blood sugar or, rarely, symptoms of low blood sugar, especially if you are taking other diabetic medications at the same time. In these cases, you should inform your doctor, who will then likely adjust your dose.
If you experience low blood sugar, raise your blood sugar quickly by eating or drinking something high in sugar content, such as candy or fruit juice. The chance of low blood sugar is increased with heavy exercise, drinking alcohol, or skipping meals.
A serious and potentially fatal side effect of the medication is lactic acidosis, which is a high level of lactic acid in the blood. Seek medical attention if you have stomach upset or vomiting occurring after you have been taking the same dose of Glucophage for a while.
These may not be all the potential side effects
You should regularly monitor your blood sugar levels while taking tablets , especially if you are sick, exercising, drinking alcohol, skipping meals, or traveling. Your doctor may tell you to stop taking Glucophage if you are having surgery, if you have an infection or fever, or if you are sick. Store this drug at room temperature, away from heat and moisture, and keep this fertility drug out of the reach of children.
To increase your chance of ovulation, your fertility doctor may prescribe Glucophage along with Clomiphene. Your doctor may prescribe Letrozole to increase the amount of follicle stimulating hormone, or a follicle stimulating hormone itself, to increase the amount of follicles that produce eggs, either with or without in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. Your doctor may tell you to lose weight while taking Glucophage as well. To determine the best time to conceive, you may use a fertility monitor or ovulation tests. Your doctor may also tell you to take vitamin B12 supplements while you are taking this medication.
PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a medical condition caused by hormones being out of balance in the body, often due to cysts growing in the ovaries. Some of these hormones control menstrual cycles, ovulation, and other aspects of reproduction, so PCOS is a common cause of infertility in women. Fertility in women with PCOS can be restored in many cases by restoring balance to the hormones, which in turn restores ovulation so the ovaries release an egg that can potentially be fertilized.
One of the barriers to having a child is the high cost of fertility drugs and fertility treatments. YouDrugstore can help lower the cost of fertility treatments by offering you Canadian prices. To order this medicine, first speak to your doctor about whether this medication is the best fertility drug for you. When you have your prescription, bring it back to us and submit your information online or by phoning our customer service hotline. Our partner pharmacy will then ship your prescription Glucophage to you, with free shipping, helping you treat your PCOS and increasing your chance of conceiving a child.