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.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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