Therapeutic Class: Hypoglycemic
Commonly used Brand names associated with Glucophage XR and its equivalents in the US are Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, and Riomet.
The active ingredient used in this medication and its equivalents is METFORMIN (Oral route) - met-FOR-min hye-droe-KLOR-ide. The most frequently available dosage forms being tablet, tablet, extended release, and solution. Check with your doctor to see if one of the forms is a fit for you.
Uses For Glucophage XR
Metformin is used to treat high blood sugar levels that are caused by a type of diabetes mellitus or sugar diabetes called type 2 diabetes. With this type of diabetes, insulin produced by the pancreas is not able to get sugar into the cells of the body where it can work properly. Using metformin alone, with a type of oral antidiabetic medicine called a sulfonylurea, or with insulin, will help to lower blood sugar when it is too high and help restore the way you use food to make energy.
Many people can control type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise. Following a specially planned diet and exercise will always be important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking medicines. To work properly, the amount of metformin you take must be balanced against the amount and type of food you eat and the amount of exercise you do. If you change your diet or exercise, you will want to test your blood sugar to find out if it is too low. Your doctor will teach you what to do if this happens.
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This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.