Treating Metformin Overdose

Metformin Overdose is a common problem and the possibility of overdose is more among people as this prescription medicine is consumed for treating Type II diabetes.

And Diabetes these days is a common health issue.

Effects of a metformin overdose varies and depends on a variety of several factors such as…

The amount of metformin consumed or whether it was consumed with any other medicines, alcohol, drugs  and etc.

If you or someone you know happens to overdose on metformin, it is advised that medical attention is given to the patient immediately.

The Symptoms of Metformin Overdose

The possible symptoms of Metformin overdose may be two;

  1. Lactic acidosis
  2. Low Blood Pressure

Symptoms of each of them are given below.

Symptoms of Lactic acidosis are:
  • Muscle pain
  • Feeling tired, week and exhausted
  • Trouble breathing
  • Abnormal stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • and in some cases if the medical attention is not providing on time or it’s very late to get to the hospital, the Metformin Overdose may lead to loss of life also.
Symptoms of low blood pressure due to Metaformin overdose are:
  • Extreme hunger
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Cold sweats and Shakiness
  • Blurred vision.

Sometimes the symptoms can be extreme like…

  • Changes in behavior
  • Irritability
  • Loss of coordination
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Seizure

Please note if the person who has overdose on Metformin doesn’t get the immediate medical treatment he/she might lose his/her life.

Treatments for Metformin Overdose

On Metformin overdose patient the doctor may use certain medicines or put a tube into the stomach to “pump the stomach.”

As a result of this certain other complications may occur and to deal with it the doctors may have to opt for supportive treatments.

Supportive treatment of Metformin Overdose may include:
  • Dialysis
  • Fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
  • A sugar (glucose) solution to increase blood sugar
  • and other treatments depending on complications that occur in individual patient.

The best advice is that when you suspect Metaformin overdose take the patient to the hospital without wasting any time.

There are home remedies; self help plans to deal with Metformin overdose which are not recommended and you should go to the local emergency hospital immediately.

However, in any cases of overdoses you should go to the local emergency hospital immediately to avoid any  future complications.

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