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If you have type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider may prescribe Glucophage to help control your blood sugar levels. The drug works by lowering the amount of sugar produced by the liver and by decreasing the amount of sugar the body absorbs. It comes in tablet form and is taken one to three times a day, and it is also available in an extended-release tablet that is taken once a day with your evening meal. There are possible side effects of Glucophage, including diarrhea, indigestion, and nausea.
What Is Glucophage?Glucophage® (metformin) is a prescription medication that is licensed to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes). It also comes in:
- A long-acting, extended-release form called Glucophage XR® (metformin ER)
- Two long-acting forms, sold under the brand names of Fortamet® and Glumetza®
- A liquid version called Riomet®.