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Brand name: Diamet TM

Active ingredients: metformin

What it is used for

Treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults, particularly in over weight patients, when dietary management and exercise alone, does not result in adequate glycaemic control. Metformin may be used as initial treatment, or in sulphonylurea failures, either alone or in combination with a sulphonylurea and other oral agents or as adjuvant therapy in insulin dependent diabetes.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White, film coated, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablets, scored on one side and plain on the other side.

Food interactions

For the active ingredient metformin

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Take with food to reduce gastric irritation.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient metformin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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