Metformin (Glucophage)

10 Tablets, 20 mg

Generic Name: Metformin
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IMPORTANT: The FAQ answers below do NOT contain all the information about this particular drug. These answers are not substitutes for a medication guide, pharmacist consultation or the advice of your health care professional. For the official medication guide or further questions please call our pharmacists at 1-833-466-3979.

What is Metformin used for?

  • Metformin HCL, the generic name for Glucophage, is commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes.

  • Type 2 diabetes treatment with Metformin should include healthy diet and exercise.

What are the most common side effects of Metformin?

  • Common side effects of Metformin include diarrhea, gas, nausea, and indigestion.

How do I take Metformin?

Metformin is usually taken once to three times daily after meals in order to minimize side effects.

Should I take Metformin 500 twice a day or 1000 once a day?

  • Treatment of Type 2 diabetes is individualized. Metformin can be taken once or twice daily based on patient’s response to treatment. Taking metformin twice daily at a lower dose may provide better blood sugar control with less side effects in type 2 diabetic patients. Side effects of Metformin can take a few weeks before they subside so it may help to start once daily and slowly taper up to therapeutic dose in order to reduce side effects, better patient compliance and positive treatment outcome.

What exactly does Metformin do to your body?

  • Metformin lowers your bodies blood sugar levels by reducing glucose production in the liver and increasing insulin sensitivity of muscle cells.

What are the benefits of taking Metformin?

  • Metformin can reduce blood sugar levels and therefore help in preventing long term end organ and peripheral vascular damage. Metformin can also cause weight loss used in type 2 diabetic patients.

Can Metformin cause weight loss?

  • Exact cause of weight loss in unknown, however patients using Metformin can experience some weight loss due to nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Proper diet and exercise while taking metformin can also contribute to weight loss in patients taking Metformin.

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