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Posted by: M | 2010-03-11

Tegratol

Could you confirm that Tegratol can cause a rash &  swollen feet? Also: How does Glucophage &  Manna interact? Is it worth taking both, what is the difference between the two?

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Hi M

Yes, this medicine may cause skin reactions. You should let your doctor know if you develop a rash, skin peeling, itching, or other unexplained skin reaction while taking this medicine.
Retention of water in the body tissues (fluid retention), the cause of the swollen feet, are also know effects of this drug.

I would not advise on stopping glucophage for Manna. Although some finds Manna beneficial, glucophage's efficacy have been proven over-and-over.

People with diabetes have a deficiency or absence of a hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin. Insulin is the main hormone responsible for the control of sugar in the blood. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin and the cells of the body are resistant to the low levels of insulin circulating in the blood. Insulin would normally make the cells remove sugar from the blood, hence in type 2 diabetes blood sugar levels can rise too high.

Manna claims to delay uptake of glucose which causes the body to require less insulin and thus not over-stimulating the pancreas for insulin production.

Glucophage (METFORMIN) works in a number of ways to decrease the amount of sugar in the blood of people with type 2 diabetes.

Firstly, it reduces the amount of sugar produced by cells in the liver. Secondly, it increases the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin. This enables the cells to remove sugar from the blood more effectively. Finally, it also delays absorption of sugar from the intestines into the bloodstream after eating. Overall, metformin reduces blood sugar levels both between and directly after meals.

Metformin is used as a first line treatment of type 2 diabetes in people who are overweight. It is used when diet and exercise have failed to control blood sugar levels. It can also be used in combination with other antidiabetic medicines to provide better control of blood sugar.

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Posted by: John | 2010-03-12

Try " Diabecinn extra"  with metformin/glugophase to reduce sugar levels. see www diabecinn co za

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Posted by: pharmacist | 2010-03-12

Hi M

Yes, this medicine may cause skin reactions. You should let your doctor know if you develop a rash, skin peeling, itching, or other unexplained skin reaction while taking this medicine.
Retention of water in the body tissues (fluid retention), the cause of the swollen feet, are also know effects of this drug.

I would not advise on stopping glucophage for Manna. Although some finds Manna beneficial, glucophage's efficacy have been proven over-and-over.

People with diabetes have a deficiency or absence of a hormone produced by the pancreas called insulin. Insulin is the main hormone responsible for the control of sugar in the blood. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin and the cells of the body are resistant to the low levels of insulin circulating in the blood. Insulin would normally make the cells remove sugar from the blood, hence in type 2 diabetes blood sugar levels can rise too high.

Manna claims to delay uptake of glucose which causes the body to require less insulin and thus not over-stimulating the pancreas for insulin production.

Glucophage (METFORMIN) works in a number of ways to decrease the amount of sugar in the blood of people with type 2 diabetes.

Firstly, it reduces the amount of sugar produced by cells in the liver. Secondly, it increases the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin. This enables the cells to remove sugar from the blood more effectively. Finally, it also delays absorption of sugar from the intestines into the bloodstream after eating. Overall, metformin reduces blood sugar levels both between and directly after meals.

Metformin is used as a first line treatment of type 2 diabetes in people who are overweight. It is used when diet and exercise have failed to control blood sugar levels. It can also be used in combination with other antidiabetic medicines to provide better control of blood sugar.

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