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Metformin

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Most Commonly Used

Metformin 1000mg ER Tab
Lupin Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q22
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Metformin 1000mg Tab
Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.
Pill Identification: A  |  1 4
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Lupin Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q21
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Metformin 850mg Tab
Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.
Pill Identification: A  |  13
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Metformin 850mg Tab
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Overview Information on Metformin Hydrochloride

Pharmacist Tip
Drinking alcohol can change the way that metformin works in your body. Discuss with your doctor how much alcohol is safe to drink while taking this medicine.     
Metformin is a type of medicine called a biguanide. Your doctor may have prescribed metformin for you to treat type 2 diabetes.

When a person has type 2 diabetes, their bodies cannot make enough insulin or use insulin in the right way. Insulin is a hormone that your pancreas makes that keeps your blood sugar at the right levels. Metformin works to keep your blood sugar at the right levels in two ways. Metformin decreases the amount of sugar your liver makes, and metformin decreases the amount of sugar your intestines absorb. Your doctor may want you to take metformin alone or in combination with other medicines to treat diabetes.

Metformin is not the right medicine for people with type 1 diabetes. Metformin cannot cure your diabetes. Metformin is often just one part of a total treatment plan to control diabetes. Follow your doctor's instructions on how to take metformin along with any diet and exercise plans. Your doctor will tell you how much metformin to take and will adjust metformin dosages when needed. Do not increase your doses of metformin unless your doctor tells you to. Do not skip any of your metformin doses.

If you think that metformin is upsetting your stomach, you can take metformin along with food. Taking metformin with food will help decrease symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.



Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Metformin is a type of medicine called a biguanide. Your doctor may have prescribed metformin for you to treat type 2 diabetes.

When a person has type 2 diabetes, their bodies cannot make enough insulin or use insulin in the right way. Insulin is a hormone that your pancreas makes that keeps your blood sugar at the right levels. Metformin works to keep your blood sugar at the right levels in two ways. Metformin decreases the amount of sugar your liver makes, and metformin decreases the amount of sugar your intestines absorb. Your doctor may want you to take metformin alone or in combination with other medicines to treat diabetes.

Metformin is not the right medicine for people with type 1 diabetes. Metformin cannot cure your diabetes. Metformin is often just one part of a total treatment plan to control diabetes. Follow your doctor's instructions on how to take metformin along with any diet and exercise plans. Your doctor will tell you how much metformin to take and will adjust metformin dosages when needed. Do not increase your doses of metformin unless your doctor tells you to. Do not skip any of your metformin doses.

If you think that metformin is upsetting your stomach, you can take metformin along with food. Taking metformin with food will help decrease symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.



Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013