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Metformin Hydrochloride: Oral tablet, extended release

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  • Daily life interactions

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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: IP 179 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q21
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Metformin 1000mg ER Tab
Actavis US
Pill Identification: LOGO 575 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Actavis US
Pill Identification: LOGO 574 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Blenheim Pharmacal, Inc.
Pill Identification: LOGO 571  |  500
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Blenheim Pharmacal, Inc.
Pill Identification: LOGO 577  |  750
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Metformin 1000mg ER Tab
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q22
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
TAGI Pharma, Inc.
Pill Identification: O E  |  585
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc, a Harvard Drug Group Company
Pill Identification: IP 179 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc, a Harvard Drug Group Company
Pill Identification: IP 178 
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Pill Identification: M 350 
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc, a Harvard Drug Group Company
Pill Identification: APO  |  XR750
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc, a Harvard Drug Group Company
Pill Identification: APO  |  XR500
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Major Pharmaceuticals Inc, a Harvard Drug Group Company
Pill Identification: APO  |  XR500
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Ascend Laboratories, LLC a Subsidiary of Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Pill Identification: LOGO 001 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Pill Identification: M 352 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Pill Identification: 4435  |  500
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, LLC
Pill Identification: APO  |  XR500
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q21
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Metformin 1000mg ER Tab
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q22
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
PD-Rx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Pill Identification: LOGO 577  |  750
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
AvKARE, Inc.
Pill Identification: IP 178 
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Metformin 1000mg ER Tab
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q22
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
PD-Rx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Pill Identification: IP 178 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Apace Packaging LLC
Pill Identification: APO  |  XR500
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc
Pill Identification: Z C  |  20
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Metformin 1000mg ER Tab
Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q22
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Pill Identification: LU  |  Q21
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Par Pharmaceuticals, an Endo Company
Pill Identification: 6065  |  500
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Apotex Corp
Pill Identification: APO  |  XR750
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
AvPAK; a Division of AvKARE Inc
Pill Identification: IP 179 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
AvPAK; a Division of AvKARE Inc
Pill Identification: IP 178 
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Metformin 1000mg ER Tab
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Pill Identification: M MN1 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Blenheim Pharmacal, Inc.
Pill Identification: LOGO 001 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: IP 178 
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Interpharm Inc
Pill Identification: IP 179 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Pill Identification: 93  |  7267
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: IP 178 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Time Cap Laboratories Inc
Pill Identification: 101 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Sandoz Inc. a Novartis Company
Pill Identification: LOGO 001 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
TAGI Pharma, Inc.
Pill Identification: O E  |  584
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Mylan Institutional LLC
Pill Identification: M 352 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Sandoz Inc. a Novartis Company
Pill Identification: E4416 
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.
Pill Identification: 143 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.
Pill Identification: 142 
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Apotex Corp
Pill Identification: APO  |  XR500
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Pill Identification: 93  |  7212
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA) Inc
Pill Identification: Z  |  63
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Actavis US
Pill Identification: LOGO 577  |  750
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Metformin 500mg ER Tab
Actavis US
Pill Identification: LOGO 571  |  500
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Metformin 750mg ER Tab
Barr Laboratories Inc a Division of Teva USA
Pill Identification: 107  |  b
How This Drug Works
Biguanides
Biguanides help the body manage glucose and insulin better by decreasing glucose production in the liver and absorption of glucose from food. They also improve the cells ability to recognize insulin and increase the amount of glucose used for energy.
"Biguanides help the body manage glucose and insulin more effectively. They decrease glucose production in the liver and the absorption of glucose from food. They also improve the cells ability to recognize insulin and increase the amount of glucose used for energy. <br><br> Food comes into the body and is broken down into glucose which travels through the blood to be used as energy. The liver can also make glucose if the body needs it. When glucose enters the blood, the pancreas releases the right amount of a hormone called insulin to balance the blood levels by delivering glucose into the cells that need energy and storing the extra. Problems can occur when there is no insulin, not enough insulin or the cells canâ¬"t recognize insulin and canâ¬"t use the glucose for energy. <br><br> Biguanides makes insulin receptors more productive by processing extra glucose and making muscle tissue more capable of using insulin. The results in the body having an increased ability to maintain healthy blood sugar levels."
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Metformin Hydrochloride: Oral tablet, extended release

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METFORMIN (met FOR min) is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps to control blood sugar. Treatment is combined with diet and exercise. This medicine can be used alone or with other medicines for diabetes.


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Drugs Related by Class to Metformin Hydrochloride: Oral tablet, extended release
CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Metformin Hydrochloride: Oral tablet, extended release
Usage by Gender
55.25%
44.75%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
1.42%
10.98%
42.07%
45.53%
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