Metformin (such as Glucophage) is a medicine used to treat type 2 diabetes. It helps keep blood sugar levels on target.
You may have tried to eat a healthy diet, lose weight, and get more exercise to keep your blood sugar levels in your target range. If those things don't help, you may take a medicine called metformin. It helps your body use insulin. This can help you control your blood sugar. You might take it on its own or with other medicines.
When taken on its own, metformin should not cause low blood sugar or weight gain.
Common side effects include:
You may have other side effects or reactions not listed here. Check the information that comes with your medicine.
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Current as of: March 13, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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