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Chemical Name: METFORMIN (met-FOR-min)
Glucophage is a TABLET.
Glucophage is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 (noninsulin-dependent) diabetes.
How To Take Metformin
This medicine usually comes with a patient information insert. Read the information carefully and make sure you understand it before taking this medicine. If you have any questions, ask your doctor.
Metformin should be taken with meals to help reduce stomach or bowel side effects that may occur during the first few weeks of treatment.
Swallow the extended-release tablet whole with a full glass of water. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes shakiness, dizziness,a, blurred vision, headache, numbness or tingling of the mouth, weakness, fatigue, pale color and sudden hunger.
Product Code: 1552
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.