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Metformin - Overview

Metformin, marketed under the name Glucophage, is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes as well as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Push Health can connect people in need of a metformin prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe metformin HCl medication, including generic metformin 500 mg, metformin 1000 mg and metformin ER tablets, when appropriate to do so.

What Is Metformin Used For?

What is metformin medication used for? Metformin prescription medication, also known as metformin hydrochloride, is an oral antihyperglycemic drug used in managing people with type 2 diabetes. More specifically, metformin medication improves glucose tolerance and results in lower postprandial and basal glucose levels in the plasma. Metformin is thought to achieve this by decreasing the absorption of glucose and production of glucose by the liver and improving insulin sensitivity. Insulin secretion during metformin drug therapy is generally unchanged. Metformin prescription tablets have a different mechanism of action than glipizide (Glucotrol) and the two are sometimes prescribed together. Metformin is also prescribed with glimepiride (Amaryl) and is also combined with glyburide in the medication Glucovance and linagliptin (Tradjenta) in the medication Jentadueto. Metformin medication is also combined with the drug dapagliflozin to form Xigduo and with canagliflozin to form Invokamet. Metformin is also under investigation for various other indications. In particular, there is significant interest in understanding if and how metformin medication use might influence the aging process. Newer research suggests that metformin prescription medication might be helpful in the setting of COVID-19.

Metformin - Cost & Prescription

Metformin prescription medication is available in both generic and branded forms. Compared to many other medications, metformin tablets are affordable with generic metformin costing under ten cents per pill at many pharmacies. Metformin is also quite affordable with pills costing under fifteen cents per pill. Many insurance plans also cover the cost of metformin medication when buying metformin prescription medication at the pharmacy. Generic metformin is a prescription medication and, as a result, metformin tablets are not available as metformin OTC (over-the-counter). In some cases, metformin savings cards may also be available to reduce the cost of metformin even more. Metformin medication should be stored at 20° to 25° C. Metformin medication is also available in combination with another medication, Januvia in a combination medication known as Janumet.

Metformin - Weight Loss?

Some people have heard that metformin can help with weight loss. While a study showed some promise that metformin might help with weight loss, in people with insulin resistance, more research needs to be done to confirm the association of weight loss and metformin. Metformin prescription medication is not currently approved by the FDA for weight loss indications.

Can I Buy Metformin Online?

Metformin medication requires a prescription from a medical provider and one cannot just buy metformin online in the US. Because of this, metformin OTC is not available, either. The first step to getting metformin medication is consulting a licensed medical provider. Push Health can connect people who need a new metformin prescription or a metformin refill with medical providers who can prescribe metformin HCl tablets, including generic metformin ER, metformin 1000 mg and metformin 500 mg medication, when appropriate to do so.

Metformin - Dosage and Excretion

Metformin hydrochloride is a white to off-white crystalline compound that is freely soluble in water. Metformin medication is typically available as in tablets that contain 500 mg, 850 mg and 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride with additional inactive ingredients such as povidone and magnesium stearate. The bioavailability of metformin after oral administration while fasting is approximately 50%. Metformin is largely excreted in the urine and demonstrates a plasma elimination half-life of approximately six hours and a blood elimination half-life of roughly 17 hours. After oral administration of metformin prescription pills, approximately 90% of the drug that was absorbed in excreted in the urine. Because it is primarily excreted in the urine, the half-life of metformin is usually prolonged in the setting of impaired kidney function.

Metformin - Side Effects

Metformin prescription medication can cause side effects in susceptible people who use the medication. For example, metformin can cause fatigue, nausea, vomiting, weakness, muscle pain stomach pain, shortness of breath, a slow heartbeat and dizziness. Some people will also experience hypersensitivity or an allergic reaction to metformin when using it and should avoid metformin in these circumstances. A rare, but serious, side effect that can result from metformin use is lactic acidosis. People with kidney disease should not use metformin medication unless instructed by their doctor or medical provider. People should avoid drinking alcohol while using metformin. All people using metformin tablets should discuss its use and possible side effects with their pharmacist and a licensed medical provider prior to use.

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Last updated June 26, 2023. 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. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.