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Metformin is a medication that falls under the biguanides class of drugs and carries the formula C4H11N5. It was discovered just over a century ago but was not used in the United States until 1995. Fast-forward to the current day and it is the 4th most-prescribed medicine in America and included in the WHO’s List of Essential Medicines.
The medicine is taken orally via tablets, liquids, or extended-release tablets. It is designed to manage the amount of glucose in the patient’s blood, which can subsequently have a huge impact on a range of ongoing health issues that are linked to blood sugar levels – not least the direct and indirect influence of diabetes.
Metformin is a medication that can be taken by children as well as adults. As the world’s most commonly prescribed diabetic medicine, metformin is used by millions of people daily and is considered very safe when administered in the correct way.
What is Metformin Prescribed For?
Metformin is prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes but is not used to manage Type 1 diabetes. It can subsequently help remove the threat of complications linked to this type of diabetes, including heart disease, stroke, eye health conditions, and kidney failure. In addition to being used for managing diabetes, metformin is also commonly used to help people in the high-risk category avoid becoming diabetic.
The medication can also form part of a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes and new dietary habits. Most people who are prescribed metformin will need to take it for life, although dosage levels may change over time.
How Does Metformin Work?
Metformin works by reducing the volume of glucose that is absorbed from food while simultaneously decreasing the amount of liver-produced glucose. Furthermore, it heightens the response to insulin to help control blood sugar levels. Diabetics have a reduced insulin response but metformin restores it to a normal level that can help prevent spikes throughout the day.
It is often taken with meals and used 1-2 times per day. When starting a course of metformin tablets, blood sugar levels should begin to show an impact after 48 hours, although it can take 5 days for the results to reach a point where the levels and dosage can be reviewed.
What Are The Side Effects of Metformin?
Metformin regularly causes side effects as the body acclimatizes to new blood sugar levels. However, they will usually subside once the body has gotten used to the right dosage. Some of the side effects that may be experienced shortly after taking a metformin tablet include;
- Diarrhea or constipation,
- Muscle pains,
- Metallic taste in the mouth.
Chest pains and rashes could be potentially serious side effects, which is why they should be reported to a doctor if they occur. Side effects may show when taking the initial dose or after increasing it.
For more detailed information about Metformin, you can refer to the following sources:
- Riomet ER prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Metformin, Drugs.com.
- Metformin, MedlinePlus
- Metformin, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Do I need a prescription to get metformin?
Yes. Metformin is a medicine that actively manages blood glucose levels and will have a significant impact on your health. A prescription is needed to confirm that diabetes needs to be managed and what dose is required. It could start as 5ml but be increased to a far higher level. Prescriptions ensure that the right decisions can be made.
Can you get a Metformin prescription online?
Yes. An online consultation with a video doctor can lead to a diabetes diagnosis and subsequent metformin prescription. DrHouse can connect you to a doctor within minutes, allowing you to gain a prescription today to begin the process of finally managing your blood sugar levels. Online doctors can also help you change your dosage as required.
How to take Metformin?
Metformin is a medicine that should be taken orally. When taking tablets, they should be swallowed whole and taken at mealtimes. Liquid and standard tablets are usually taken 2=3 times daily while extended-release tablets are once daily. The pharmacy will add any further instructions to the packaging.
What to avoid while taking Metformin?
You must avoid taking the tablet in an infrequent or irregular pattern. Even if you feel well. The medicine is needed to keep blood sugar levels regulated. You should also avoid taking the tablets or liquid alongside other medications unless you have consulted a doctor. Otherwise, the interactions could influence the effects.
Can you get Metformin over the counter?
No. Metformin is a prescription-only drug due to the fact that the right dose is required to keep your blood sugar levels at the intended level. If you have confirmed or suspected diabetes, speaking to a doctor about metformin tablets is the only suitable pathway for finding the right choice for you.
How do I get an online prescription for Metformin?
To get an online prescription for Metformin you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
What is DrHouse's prescription refill policy?
Our clinicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription for any previously prescribed medications, that are not classified as controlled substances. They use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year.