The recommended starting Glucophage dosage is 500 mg twice daily. The Glucophage dosage your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on several factors, such as other medical conditions you may have and other medications you may be taking. The dose can be increased slowly if necessary -- by up to 500 mg every week or 850 mg every two weeks. The maximum Glucophage dose for children age 10 to 16 is 2000 mg, and for adults age 17 and older is 2550 mg.
An Overview of Glucophage DosingThe dosing of Glucophage® (metformin) or Glucophage XR® (metformin ER) your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you do to so.
Glucophage Dosing for Type 2 DiabetesFor regular (not long-acting) Glucophage, the dosing varies with age, as follows:
- Age 10 to 16 -- The starting dose is Glucophage 500 mg twice daily. The maximum dose for people in this age group is Glucophage 2000 mg total per day, divided into two or three doses.
- Age 17 and over -- The starting dose is Glucophage 500 mg twice daily or 850 mg once daily. The maximum dose for people in this age group is 2550 mg total daily, divided into two or three doses per day.
For the long-acting form, Glucophage XR, the starting dose is Glucophage XR 500 mg once daily, and the maximum dose is Glucophage XR 2000 mg once daily (or Glucophage XR 1000 mg twice daily).