Dental Concerns

See also Dental Concerns for Antidiabetic Agents. General

1. Place dental chair in semisupine position to help eliminate or minimize GI adverse effects of the drug. Consultation with Primary Care Provider

1. Immediately notify health care provider if symptoms of lactic acido-sis are observed; myalgia, respiratory distress, weakness, diarrhea, malaise, muscle cramps, somnolence.

2. Those oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures that require the patient to significantly restrict food intake require medical consultation in order to temporarily hold the metformin. Client/Family Teaching

1. Review the importance of good oral hygiene in order to prevent soft tissue inflammation.

2. Drug may cause a metallic taste; should subside.

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