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Glucophage - Overview

Glucophage is a medication used for improving glucose tolerance in people with diabetes. People who need a Glucophage prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who, when appropropriate, can prescribe Glucophage ER or generic medication.

How Does Glucophage Work?

Understanding Glucophage's mechanism of action helps one understand what Glucophage is used for. Glucophage contains the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride. Glucophage is used in people with type 2 diabetes to improve postprandial and basal glucose levels in the plasma. Glucophage is also thought to improve the sensitivity of insulin, lower the absorption of glucose in the intestines and reduce the production of glucose in the liver. In the setting of Glucophage, the secretion of insulin remains fairly consistent.

Glucophage - Dosage and Price

The effect of Glucophage is not proportional to the dose administered. Typically, the starting dose of Glucophage is Glucophage 850 mg daily or Glucophage 500 mg twice a day while the starting dose of Glucophage XR is generally Glucophage XR 500 mg once daily. However, some providers may use alternative regimens depending on the health characteristics of the patient and the judgment of the prescribing medical provider. Once orally administered, the peak concentration in the plasma is generally achieved within 8 hours. The elimination half-life of Glucophage from the plasma is typically under 18 hours. Most of the drug is eliminated via the kidneys. Glucophage is moderately affordable, costing approximately $1.10 for Glucophage 500 mg tablets at many pharmacies in the United States. Some insurance plans may cover the cost of a Glucophage ER prescription. Additionally, Glucophage coupons may be available online, using a copay card or through the manufacturer.

Can I Buy Glucophage Online?

Glucophage requires a prescription to be dispensed by a pharmacy in the United States. As a result, Glucophage OTC is not available and one cannot just buy Glucophage online. The first step to getting Glucophage is discussing the need with a medical provider. People who need a Glucophage prescription can use Push Health to consult with a medical provider in the area who can prescribe Glucophage when appropriate to do so.

Glucophage - Side Effects

Glucophage can cause side effects when used and concerns should be discussed with a pharmacist and medical provider prior to using the medication. Side effects associated with Glucophage use include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, ingestion, and abdominal pain. Glucophage can cause life-threatening lactic acidosis and patients need to be monitored for symptoms of that condition. Glucophage should not be used by most people with kidney disorders, congestive heart failure, or metabolic acidosis and should be avoided in people undergoing a radiological study that requires iodine contrast. Glucophage and alcohol should not be used together. People with a known hypersensitivity to Glucophage or ingredients in the medication should not use it.

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Last updated November 21, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.