Generic Glucophage is currently manufactured under the name Metformin tablets. Currently, there are several strengths of generic Glucophage available for sale, varying between 500 mg and 1000 mg. More than 10 companies currently manufacture a generic version, including Teva Pharmaceuticals, Mylan Laboratories, and Goldline Pharmaceuticals.
Glucophage Generic: An OverviewGlucophage® (metformin) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-dependent diabetes). Glucophage is part of a class of diabetes medications known as biguanide medication. Glucophage acts in several ways, improving the effectiveness of insulin receptors (known medically as decreasing insulin resistance), decreasing sugar (glucose) production by the liver, and decreasing sugar absorption from the diet.
Glucophage is also available in an extended-release form called Glucophage XR®. Glucophage and Glucophage XR are manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. However, they have since come off patent, and both are available in generic versions.
Recently, new brand-name versions of metformin became available, including Fortamet®, Glumetza®, and Riomet®. These medications do not have generic versions and are not equivalent to Glucophage, Glucophage XR, or metformin ER.
Generic Glucophage is available in the following strengths:
The long-acting generic versions of Glucophage XR are available in the following strengths:
- Metformin ER 500 mg tablets
- Metformin ER 750 mg tablets.