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    Metformin hydrochloride 500 mg , a first-line medication for type 2 diabetes, works by helping your body regulate blood sugar levels. It generally doesn’t cause any noticeable feelings at the recommended dose. However, some people might experience side effects, particularly when starting the medication or taking a higher dose.

    Common Side Effects:

    Gastrointestinal (GI) issues: These are the most frequent side effects, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. They include:
    Nausea
    Vomiting
    Diarrhea
    Stomach cramps
    Bloating
    Gas
    Tips to Minimize GI Issues:

    Take metformin with meals to improve tolerance.
    Start with a lower dose and gradually increase it as prescribed by your doctor.
    Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
    Less Common Side Effects:

    Metallic taste in the mouth: This usually goes away after a while.
    Vitamin B12 deficiency: Long-term metformin use can affect B12 absorption. Your doctor might monitor your B12 levels and recommend supplements if needed.
    Serious Side Effect (Seek immediate medical attention):

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