Metformin Diabetes Medication
Metformin (Glucophage®) is a medication licensed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is available by prescription only and comes in several different forms and strengths, including tablets and liquid.
In clinical studies, people had lower HbA1c (hemoglobin A1c) levels and fasting blood sugar when they took metformin. Diabetes medication goals are to lower blood sugar levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to diabetes, such as heart, nerve, eye, or kidney problems. Since metformin can lower blood sugar levels, people may be able to lower their risk for developing problems related to high blood sugar.
While most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects are possible. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with metformin include nausea or vomiting, gas, abdominal discomfort, and weakness.
(Click Metformin for information on how the diabetes medication metformin works, to find out what other symptoms may occur with this drug, and for dosing tips and precautions.)