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What is Metformin and What is it Prescribed For?
Metformin is a medication that is effective for type 2 diabetes when coupled with a diet and exercise program. Metformin is also known as Glucophage, Riomet, Glumetza, Glucophage XR, and Fortamet. You can buy metformin online by getting a prescription from a licensed doctor.
How to Buy Metformin Online
You can buy Metformin online after obtaining a prescription from a licensed doctor. Get Metformin prescribed online by booking an appointment with a PlushCare doctor. During your phone or video appointment, the doctor will talk with you about your medical history, current symptoms, and any medications you are taking to decide if Metformin is right for you. They will then send your prescription to your local pharmacy for pick up, so you can buy Metformin at your convenience.
Do You Need a Prescription To Buy Metformin?
Yes. You will need a prescription before you can buy Metformin. You cannot buy Metformin over the counter, it must be prescribed by a licensed doctor. Once you have a prescription you can buy Metformin from a reputable online pharmacy or pick it up in-person.
Is Metformin HCL the Same as Metformin?
Yes. Meformin HCL stands for metformin hydrochloride. Many times it is referred to as just metformin, and the names refer to the same medication. There are other types of metformin, such as metformin ER, also known by the brand name Glucophage XR.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Buy Metformin Over the Counter?
No. Metformin is a prescription medication and therefore must be prescribed by a doctor and cannot be purchased over the counter. This is because metformin and other diabetes medications are not right for everyone, and only a doctor can decide if it should be a part of your treatment plan.
How Does Metformin Work?
Metformin works by assisting your body in producing its own insulin. It can also decrease the amount of sugar that your intestines and stomach absorb, as well as decrease the amount of sugar your liver makes. It does not work for people who have type 1 diabetes because people with type 1 diabetes are unable to produce their own insulin in their pancreas. In addition to metformin, many people control type 2 diabetes through a diet and an exercise plan.
How Do You Use Metformin?
Metformin should be taken by mouth as directed by your physician. Usually, you will take it anywhere from one to three times a day with food. Be sure to also drink plenty of fluids while taking metformin, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. It is recommended to take Metformin at the same time every day.
What Doses of Metformin are Available?
Adult and pediatric dosages of Metformin come in tablet immediate-release, tablet extended-release, and oral solution forms with strengths of 100 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg, 850 mg, and 1,000 mg.
- For adults with type 2 diabetes, a typical starting dose of Metformin is 500 mg immediate-release tablet by mouth every 12 hours.
- A maintenance dose of Metformin of 1,500 to 2,550 mg/day taken by mouth every 8-12 hours with meals is typical.
- For children who are ages 10-16 years old with type 2 diabetes, the initial dosage may start at 500 mg taken by mouth every 12 hours.
Does Metformin Have Any Side Effects?
Metformin side effects are generally mild and dissipate over time. Most people tolerate Metformin well. However, Metformin may have the following side effects:
- Stomach upset
- Metallic taste in your mouth
Are There Any Precautions When Taking Metformin?
There are some inactive ingredients in Metformin that may cause an allergic reaction. Below are ways to reduce risks when taking Metformin:
- You should limit your alcohol intake while taking Metformin, due to a risk of developing low blood sugar or lactic acidosis, especially in people of advanced age.
- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any breathing problems such as asthma or obstructive lung disease, or any blood problems like anemia, liver disease, kidney disease, or a Vitamin B12 deficiency.
- Metformin should not be used if you are pregnant.
- This medication can cause changes in your menstruation by promoting ovulation, which increases your risk of becoming pregnant.
What is the Average Cost of Metformin?
Metformin is a relatively inexpensive drug. Generic metformin costs around $10 for a supply of 30 500mg tablets. Brand name metformin is slightly more expensive, at around $16 dollars for 30 500mg tablets. If you are planning to buy Metformin, there are many coupons available, and the cost of metformin is covered under most insurance plans, including Medicare.
Can I Take Metformin to Lose Weight?
No. You should not take metformin to lose weight. While decreased appetite and weight loss may be a side effect for some, it is not healthy to take metformin for any other purpose than the management of type 2 diabetes.
Where Can I Buy Metformin?
You can buy Metformin online by getting a prescription from a licensed doctor during a virtual appointment at PlushCare. If your PlushCare physician determines that Metformin should be a part of your type 2 diabetes treatment plan, they will then send a prescription to a local pharmacy of your choice, allowing you to buy Metformin.
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