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Metformin is a medication used to help lower blood sugar for Type 2 diabetes, typically in addition to lifestyle intervention of diet and exercise.  

  • Used for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes in patients who need additional support to diet and exercise modification
  • Typical starting dose is 500 mg twice daily, and may be increased gradually to minimize side effects
  • Maintenance dose is generally 500 mg to 1 g (1,000 mg) twice daily
  • May be taken with food to help and recommended to supplement with vitamin B12
  • Metformin requires adequate kidney function so it must be used with caution in those with kidney impairment or 65 years and older
  • Suitable for individuals already taking this medication
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  • Side Effects

    Side effects may include diarrhea, which may occur at any time during the treatment but will be tolerated over time and usually stop occurring. Other side effects may include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and gas.

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