From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Metformin is a prescription medication used to treat Type 2 diabetes by helping to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. Metformin is available from various manufacturers under the brand names Fortamet®, Glucophage®, Glucophage® XR, Glumetza®, and Riomet®. It is taken orally, and comes as a tablet, an extended release tablet, or a liquid. It is typically taken two to three times each day with food. Metformin is not a cure for diabetes, but is used to help manage the symptoms.
|Chemical name||Metformin hydrochloride|
|Brand names||Fortamet®, Glucophage®, Glucophage® XR, Glumetza®, Riomet®|
|Available||As regular and extended-release tablets|
|Uses||Treatment of Type 2 diabetes|
|Types of coupons||Printable metformin coupons, patient assistance programs|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.|
Metformin decreases the amount of glucose in the blood by reducing both the sugar absorbed from food, and the glucose produced by the liver. Metformin has also been shown to help insulin work more efficiently. It is used to treat Type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome. Metformin is also prescribed for people with pre-diabetes and to treat weight gain caused by certain drugs prescribed to treat mental illness.
Side effects of metformin include gas, changes in bowel regularity, heartburn, headache, flushing and muscular pain. It can also cause low blood pressure, or hypoglycemia, which is characterized by shakiness, lightheadedness, mood changes, perspiration, clumsiness, increased hunger, headache, and oral tingling.
Metformin Patient Assistance Programs and Coupons
Metformin coupons, discounts, and patient assistance programs are available for various brands of metformin:
- Shionogi Pharma, Inc. occasionally offers a Fortamet® Discount Card which provides savings of $30 a month.
- Glucophage® deals are offered by the Xubex Patient Assistance Program and Rx Outreach Medications. In order to qualify for Rx Outreach, patients must meet income limits. Patients with private or public prescription drug coverage are eligible for either program. A doctor's prescription for Glucophage® must be provided to get the discounted metformin.
- Printable coupons for Riomet® are available directly from Ranbaxy Labs. Patients can get a printable coupon good for a $35 savings on their next prescription, valid for 16-ounce bottles.
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