Glycomet For Children

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Sunil Says:

My daughter is prescribed Glycomet 500 for last 8 months for her hign insulin level and is suffering from obesity. Keen to know how glycomet is helpful and what is the down side of long term use of same

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Verwon Says:

Glycomet contains the active ingredient Metformin, this is an oral antidiabetic medication that is used to help lower and control blood sugar levels.

Its side effects may include: nausea, dizziness, stomach pain and flatulence.

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There are always possible risks associated with the long-term use of any medication, however, what you have to take under consideration is the fact that, if she is diabetic, then letting that condition continue out of control is far more risky, than anything she faces from using the medication.

Have you discussed your concerns with her doctor?

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Sunil Says:

Thanks for giving that understanding.
My query was to further understand that she is only 10 years old and weighs 53 Kilograms, her sugar levels are within limits but her insulin level is slightly above normal. From my very basic understaiding by reading on the subject i gather that her body is developing insulin resistance.
Keen to know how Glycomet helps in this situation and that how long she shud continue taking glycomet to be on a safe side.

Yes i have consulted a padiatric endocrinologist and at this moment and have been adviced to control the her fat intake in cooking and also advised for increasing her activity levels.

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nawal Says:

My daughter ,23 year aged,is 5ft 5inch tall.Weight is 86 kgs.Her buttocks, thighs and legs are very heavy. Her upper body is normal without any extra weight.Any weight reduction/inch loss effort results in inch loss in the upper part of the body,lower part remaining static showing no visible change.Her periods ,though regular,continue for two days only with very less bleeding.We are told GLYCOMET-500 or 1000 medicine may help in inch loss of lower part of the body.Pl.advise if this medication will be helpful.-what will be the side effects-the period for which medicine and dose to be taken.Thanks-N.K.DHAWAN

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Verwon Says:

Metformin has been given to people with these types of issues, because just as it does for a diabetic, it can improve their body's use of insulin.

As to exactly how it does so, I am afraid that I'm not a chemist, so I can't really give you a precise detailing of that. I can tell you tons of information on medications, but sometimes their mode of action can't even be explained by a chemist or by the people that discovered it.

As to reducing the fats in her diet, this is something I can explain. Fats tend to coat the cells in your body and this coating prevents them from absorbing the sugars that they need to burn for energy. This leaves those sugars to just run rampant in your blood, so the levels are elevated. So, a reduced fat diet helps improve the ability of your cells to work properly and get the sugar and nutrients they need.

As to how long she should continue it, that is something that her doctor should check into, by testing her insulin level on a regular basis. There is no defined time frame for any particular person, because it's going to vary depending on their own body.

Nawal, the side effects are listed in my first post and there is no way to say whether or not this medication will help her, the only way to find that out is for her to actually try it. She should follow her doctor's instructions for using it and the proper dosage to take.


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If I missed anything, please let me know!

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