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What is Elcephase?

Elcephase is a first line therapy used to treat type 2 diabetes. The active ingredient in Elcephase is metformin, a blood sugar lowering medication. Whether taken as a sole medication or combination therapy, metformin can lower plasma glucose levels as well as help in treatment of cardiovascular or liver diseases.

Elcephase (metformin) belongs to a group of medicines called biguanides. Biguanides limit the production of glucose in the liver, improve the body’s insulin sensitivity and lower the total amount of sugar which the intestines absorb.

If you’re at the early stages of type 2 diabetes, your doctor will most likely prescribe Elcephase (metformin) to you. Once you start taking the medication, it is important to keep a regular check on your blood sugar levels as this will help your doctor determine if the medication is working well for you. The doctor may ask you to continue with the same dosage or make changes to your treatment depending on how you’re adjusting to it.

How does Elcephase work?

Type 2 diabetes is a condition wherein sugar present in the blood becomes high. When there are high levels of sugar in the blood, your body isn’t able to respond to insulin (a natural substance that moves sugar present in your blood to the cells and gives them energy) and this increases the sugar buildup in the blood.

Elcephase reduces insulin resistance and as well as helps the body cells to process insulin more effectively. It also decreases the amount of glucose that your liver produces and helps the cells to absorb and use sugar effectively.

Studies show that Elcephase can have a significant effect on ageing patients with type 2 diabetes, but can be prescribed for all ages. It isn’t ideally prescribed for type 1 diabetes in which the body doesn’t make insulin and is unable to keep the amount of blood sugar under control.

What doses of Elcephase are there?

Elcephase comes in doses that are released in different ways. Elcephase 500 mg are available in quick release tablets and slow release versions. Elcephase 1000 SR tablets are also slow released, meaning they release the active ingredient over a longer period of time.

Elcephase 500 uses are more widespread than the Elcephase 1000 SR tablets and you will most probably be prescribed the smaller dosage at the start of treatment.

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How to take Elcephase tablets

Your doctor will advise you how much Elcephase to take and when. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully to get the most from the treatment in the safest way. 

  • Swallow tablets whole with water.
  • You can take Elcephase with or after a meal.
  • Try to take it at the same time each day. Some find that taking it with something they do at the same time each day, such as breakfast, can help maintain the habit.

If you feel that Elcephase hasn’t been effective even after you’ve taken it for a while, speak to your doctor. Do not change or stop taking it without consulting the doctor.

What should I do if I take too much Elcephase?

If you have taken too much Elcephase you might notice symptoms of lactic acidosis. Lactic acidosis is a serious condition which occurs when there’s too much lactic acid in your bloodstream. Some common lactic acidosis symptoms include: severe fatigue, stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhoea, problems breathing, rapid heart rate and low body temperature.

If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention. Lactic acidosis is a serious condition and will need to be treated immediately.

What if I forget to take Elcephase?

If you forget to take a scheduled dose of Elcephase, don’t panic. Simply carry on taking the medication as normally instructed. Don’t take two doses to make up for the missed dose as this can lead to an increased risk of side effects, including lactic acidosis, the risks of which are mentioned above. Taking double the dosage also provides no extra benefits.

If you’re worried about missing multiple doses, speak with your doctor. If you keep forgetting to take Elcephase, speak with your doctor or pharmacist, who might be able to offer some advice.

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Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022.
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FAQ: Elcephase

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How is Elcephase different to other diabetes treatments?

Elcephase (metformin) is a single ingredient treatment containing metformin. Metformin lowers insulin resistance and helps the insulin present in the body to work more effectively. It is usually used as the first line of treatment for type 2 diabetes because it can lower blood glucose effectively and is well tolerated by most people who take it. Clinical studies say that the benefits of metformin outweigh the risk of severe side effects.

Another important monotherapy which is considered as the second line of treatment for type 2 diabetes is Glimepiride. It is usually prescribed to patients who haven’t been able to tolerate metformin. It has a good safety profile and is suitable for patients with cardiovascular conditions. Glimepiride stays active for a longer duration of upto 24 hours.

Then there’s Repaglinide, another popular medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. It comes in brand names like Novonorm, Mage, SA Rapid, Page and Regan. Repaglinide triggers the production of insulin and its release into the bloodstream.

These single ingredient treatments are very helpful in managing your blood sugar levels. They can either be used alone or as combination therapy with other diabetes medications. Your doctor will be able to guide you on what's best for you to take.

Is Elcephase similar to any other diabetes treatments?

Elcephase is similar to some other diabetes medicines like Okamet, Metatime, Gluformin, Glyciphage and Glycomet. All of these medications contain the active ingredient metformin and require a prescription. They work in the same way but are manufactured by different companies so may differ in their brand names, price and packaging.

Can I use any natural alternatives to Elcephase?

Using natural alternatives to prescribed medication is not recommended as they’re not proven to be effective. They can also affect how your medication works if you use them along with something like Elcephase.

Having said that, there are some very effective things you can do to help control type 2 diabetes like having a balanced diet, keeping your sugar intake to a minimum and not skipping meals. These help your blood sugar levels stay consistent and make a huge difference to your diabetes symptoms.

Which is better: Glimison or Elcephase?

Both Glimison and Elcephase are effective at treating type 2 diabetes, so what’s the difference? Firstly, it’s a different active ingredient. Elcephase contains metformin, while Glimison contains Glimepiride. There is little difference in their effectiveness.

Both medications work by lowering the levels of sugar in the blood, although metformin is available in slow release and normal pill form. Metformin can also be prescribed to prevent type 2 diabetes in patients with PCOS. It helps improve insulin sensitivity.

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