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Diabetes, high blood pressure, blood sugar levels. Taking galvus, indigestion, headaches. Alternative medication?

Hello Doctor Myself XXXXX My parents are having diabetes . Recently my mother got high BP 180/65 and high sugar 300 mg/dl so doctor gave her galvus met 50/1000 mg but she is not able to digest this as she has to go for toilet within 10-15 mins. after taking this. She is getting headache also. Plz. suggest what should we do? Regards.
Asked On : Fri, 2 Nov 2012
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Hello. I'm sorry your mother is having problems with her blood pressure and her diabetes. The medication she was given -- Galvus/metformin -- is a combination of drugs that is designed to lower blood glucose levels in diabetics. It's quite effective for this purpose, but (like most medications) it does have side effects. The metformin in this combination is well known for causing gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
If your mother is not able to tolerate her medication, she should call her doctor. It's very important that she gets her blood glucose under control as soon as possible.
Good luck!
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