Zoform SR 500MG tablet is an effective first choice oral anti-diabetic medicine used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat high blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is also used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome (hormone related disorder that results in enlargement of ovaries with cysts to form in the outer lining of the ovary). This medicine is used with a proper healthy diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar level helps in preventing kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, stroke and loss of limbs is lowered. However, the uses of the tablet mentioned here are not exhaustive. There may be other conditions for which this medication may be used upon doctor’s discretion.
The active ingredient of Zoform SR 500MG is Metformin 500 MG
Metformin is a biguanide anti-diabetic medication that works by lowering hepatic glucose production and decreases intestinal absorption of glucose and improves insulin sensitivity by increasing peripheral glucose uptake and utilization.
Patients with the following conditions are suggested to seek advice from their health care professionals before taking the Zoform SR 500MG tablet:
Zoform SR 500MG tablet is usually well tolerated when used in the prescribed dosage guidelines. Most side effects are temporary and usually subsides on their own. However, consult your doctor if they persist for a longer duration. You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Rare but more serious adverse effects may include:
Take Zoform SR 500MG tablet as instructed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet whole with water, immediately after opening it from the strip. Do not break or crush or chew the tablet.
Avoid missing or forgetting the dose. If you do, take it as soon as you remember; but if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip it and take it according to your normal schedule. Don’t swallow two doses at the same time which is dangerous to your health.
The tablet should be taken with food, immediately or during breakfast or the first main meal of the day. Take the tablet at the same time every day as it helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. This medicine is not recommended for children below 10 years of age.
Do not change the dose or stop taking the medicine before completion of the course or without consulting your doctor. Continue to use this drug until completion of the maximum amount suggested.
Avoid taking Zoform SR 500MG tablet more than the prescribed dosage. In case of an accidental overdose of the medicine, promptly ask for medical advice. Depending on the dosage of medicine, symptoms may vary in individuals, you may experience the following signs or symptoms:
Take the tablet only on the advice of a medical practitioner. Dosage adjustment or complete avoidance of the Zoform SR 500MG tablet may be required in the following conditions:
Extreme caution is advised among patients with renal impairment. Close monitoring of kidney function and adjustments of dose of the medicine may be needed based on the clinical condition of the patient. If you have any, it is highly recommended that you consult your doctor before the consumption of this medicine. However, use of this tablet is not suggested in patients with severe kidney diseases.
Caution is advised among people with liver problems. Dose adjustments of the tablet may be needed based on the clinical condition of the patient. If you have any hepatic problems, it is highly recommended that you consult doctor before consuming this medicine.
This tablet is generally considered safe to use in pregnant women unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Despite the fact that there are limited studies in human beings, animal studies have shown no or low adverse effects on the developing baby. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before consuming this medicine.
This medicine is considered safe to use in nursing mothers unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Since the effect of the medicine on infants is not clearly established, we recommend that you to consult your doctor before consuming the tablet.
Consumption of alcohol with this tablet is not recommended as it increases side effects of the tablet. If found any symptoms of extreme drowsiness, vomiting, confusion, report to your doctor immediately.
The medicine affects blood glucose levels and may decrease alertness, cause impaired judgement, affect your vision and make you feel dizzy. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or involve in any works which may demand your attention or physical strength.
There are no known food interactions with this tablet
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines which includes medicines, supplements, herbal tonics that you buy without a prescription. Alert your doctor if you are taking Zoform SR 500MG tablet along with ACE inhibitors, sulfonylurea, dichlorphenamide, NSAIDs, cimetidine, trimethoprim, acetazolamide, insulin, iodinated contrast agents, gatifloxacin.
Category B: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
This medication is an oral antidiabetic agent, prescribed for type 2 diabetes. It helps control blood sugar levels.
Metformin lowers sugar and helps insulin work better.
Take Metformin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor. - Metformin must be taken regularly for it to work well. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor. - Metformin must be taken with food. - If you are taking an extended-release type of Metformin, swallow the tablet whole with food. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
Low blood sugar signs include, anger, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating. Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar. - Belly pain. - Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. - Loose stools (diarrhea). - Not hungry. - Bad taste in your mouth. This most often goes back to normal. - Too much acid in the blood (lactic acidosis) may rarely happen.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. - If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. - Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. - Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
Metformin may not be suitable for you if you suffer from heart, liver, kidney, adrenal or pituitary disease. - Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. - If you are going for an operation, dental work or any X-ray procedure in which a dye is injected, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Metformin. - You may need to stop taking Metformin before the procedure and wait 48 hours to restart your medicine.
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. - Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. - These include wheezing, chest tightness, fever, itching, bad cough, blue or gray skin color, seizures, or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. - Very low blood sugar or very high blood sugar. - Very bad dizziness. - Trouble breathing. - Feeling cold. - Very bad belly pain. - Very upset stomach or throwing up. - Very loose stools (diarrhea). - A big weight loss. - Very bad muscle pain or weakness. - Feeling very tired or weak. - Any rash. - Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse
A type of heart medicine called beta-blockers may mask the symptoms of hypoglycaemia when taken with Metformin. Some examples of beta-blockers are metoprolol, atenolol and propranolol. - Inform your doctor if you are taking diuretics (medicines to remove excess water) such as hydrochlorothiazide; a group of heart medicine such as captopril or enalapril; a type of gastric medicine called cimetidine or birth control pills. - Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
It is important for you to maintain a healthy diet and weight in order to help keep your diabetes under control. - Avoid alcohol.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
The tablet is an effective first choice oral anti-diabetic medicine used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat high blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is also used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome (hormone related disorder that results in enlargement of ovaries with cysts to form in the outer lining of the ovary). This medicine is used with a proper healthy diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar level helps in preventing kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, stroke and loss of limbs is lowered.
The medicine is well tolerated when taken in prescribed dosage guidelines. Common side effects such as headache, dizziness, vitamin B12 deficiency, nausea, vomiting, constipation, peripheral oedema, back pain, chest discomfort, palpitations, dyspnoea, flushing, abnormal stools are associated with the use of this tablet. Its use may also lead to extreme but uncommon side effects such as lactic acidosis, nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, increased somnolence, belching, rash.
The tablet should be taken with food, immediately or during breakfast or the first main meal of the day.
If you ever had kidney, liver or heart disease, let your doctor know before taking this medicine. Inform your doctor about all the medicines you take to ensure that you are healthy. This medicine is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to any of the active ingredients used in tablet, severe renal impairment, acute alcohol intoxication, unstable cardiac or respiratory failure, recent myocardial infarction. Caution is advised among patients with lactic acidosis, stable heart failure, dehydration, prerenal azotaemia, type 1 diabetes or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis, pregnancy and lactation.
The tablet affects blood glucose levels and may decrease alertness, cause impaired judgement, affect your vision and make you feel dizzy. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or involve in any works which may demand your attention or physical strength.
The tablet is usually well tolerated when taken in the recommended dosage guidelines. Over dose of the medicine may lead to hypoglycaemia, lactic acidosis, muscle cramps, hypothermia, cholestatic liver injury.
The tablet is generally considered safe to use in pregnant women unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Despite the fact that there are limited studies in human beings, animal studies have shown no or low adverse effects on the developing baby. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before consuming this medicine.
No, do not take this medicine without doctor’s prescription.
Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it increases side effects of the tablet. If found any symptoms of extreme drowsiness, vomiting, confusion, report to your doctor immediately.
Store the medicine at room temperature (20-30 degree Celsius) in a cool and dry place. Keep the tablet according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Store the medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed.
The tablet is designed to be swallowed with water. If you take them in a way they weren’t intended to be used, you could experience an overdose if the active constituent enters the blood stream too quickly. Alternatively, if it enters your body too slowly, it may never achieve a high enough concentration to be completely functional.
This medicine is not recommended for children below 10 years of age as the safety and efficacy of the tablet is not clinically established.
The amount of time for this medicine to show its effect in the body is approximately 1-2 hours after administration.
The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is 4-8 hours.
Medicines should always be taken under medical supervision. Take the medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Most recommended dose is one tablet a day.
The number of days that any medicine must be taken varies from patient to patient; and case to case. So always stick to your doctor’s suggestion about how many days to take this medicine.
Use the medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor for the dosage and duration.
Note: All of the above information is for reference purpose only. It is always recommended that you consult a medical professional.
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