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Monday, January 3, 2011

Prescription drug side effects (how to search for)

My prescription drugs for type II diabetes are Metformin and Glipizide. These are two of the older well established drugs on the market. For the most part they are well tolerated by most people. Here is a partial list of side effects for each.

Metformin: headaches, abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence, and other gastrointestinal problems. IF you already suffer from lactic acidosis you must be careful of developing lung, liver or kidney problems. Others have experienced weight gain while on Metformin. Allergies including, rash, difficult breathing or pain in the chest should not be ignored, along with mouth or lip swelling, and face and tongue swelling. Had enough? / Other less experienced side effects are unexplained pain in your bones, having urine that is darker than usual, pain while urinating, dizziness, feeling cold, changes in your stool, pain in your muscles, loss of appetite, severe vomiting, shortness of breath, swelling of hands and ankles and fever and sore throat.

That is (31) POSSIBLE side effects from one prescription drug. Again, please understand I am taking Metformin and have been for 7 years now with none of the above mentioned side effects. I am NOT saying Metformin has no redeeming qualities. I AM saying you darn well better start checking side effects of ALL drugs you are taking, discuss any possibilities with your diabetes doctor and also examine possible synergism with all the drugs you are taking. It might just save your life someday.

 Link To Side Effects
Link To Glipizide

 Another Link To Glipizide
As you read this article, please NOTE that Low Blood Sugar is a possible side effect. Those who end up with LOW BG readings in the middle of night, need to keep an eye on this and possibly have some 5mg glucose tabs on hand by the bed stand and maybe your test kit to check night time readings if you wake in the night to use the bathroom etc.

Take responsibility for yourself. ASK questions, research, read, educate yourself. The information highway is something I did not have growing up. Well that is not exactly true. When I was a kid, they called it, "Encyclopedia Britannica". Funny thing is mine didn't come with a screen or a keyboard. Don't depend on one single website for all your answers. Look at different sites, read and THINK.


Exodus 15:26 "For I will put none of these diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you"

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