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Several studies have looked at the effects of Fortamet on type 2 diabetes. In these studies, the drug has been shown to decrease fasting blood sugar and to decrease hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). HbA1c is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Normal HbA1c levels are usually less than 6 percent in people without diabetes; people with diabetes usually have higher HbA1c results.
Studies have shown that the higher the HbA1c, the greater the chance for developing long-term problems related to diabetes. This includes such problems as:
By getting blood sugar levels under control with Fortamet, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing these diabetes-related complications.
Some studies also suggest that Fortamet may lead to weight loss (see Metformin and Weight Loss).
(Click Benefits of Metformin for more information on the beneficial effects of this medication.)

When and How to Take Fortamet

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • Fortamet comes in tablet form. It should be taken once daily with your evening meal.
  • It should be taken with food to reduce stomach upset.
  • Be sure to swallow the tablets whole.
  • Fortamet should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
  • For Fortamet to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work it you stop taking it.
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