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If you have type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may recommend metformin (Glucophage®) to help decrease your blood sugar levels. The medication comes in tablet form and is available in five different strengths, including:
 
  • Metformin 500 mg tablets
  • Metformin 625 mg tablets
  • Metformin 750 mg tablets
  • Metformin 850 mg tablets
  • Metformin 1000 mg tablets.
     
A long-acting version of the medicine called metformin ER is also available.
 
For children ages 10 to 16, the recommended starting dose of regular metformin is 500 mg twice daily. People 17 years old and over typically take either metformin 850 mg tablets (one tablet, once a day) or metformin 500 mg tablets (one tablet, twice a day).
 
(Click Metformin Dosing for dosing guidelines with the long-acting form of metformin and to find out how dosing works for people who are also taking insulin for diabetes.)
 
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