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How does metformin (Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Riomet) work to treat type 2 diabetes?

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Metformin drugs improve insulin's ability to move sugar into cells, especially muscle cells. They also prevent the liver from releasing stored sugar. You should not take them if you have kidney damage or heart failure. Your doctor may call this type of drug a “biguanide.” Side effects for biguanides include an upset stomach and a metallic taste in the mouth.

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News release, FDA.  . . WebMD Health News: "FDA Restricts Use of Diabetes Drug Avandia." News release, FDA.  




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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 7, 2019

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News release, FDA.  . . WebMD Health News: "FDA Restricts Use of Diabetes Drug Avandia." News release, FDA.  




PDR.netAmerican Heart Association

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 7, 2019

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