Glucophage (metformin)

Biguanides

Metformin (Glucophage) is an inexpensive drug used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. It is is more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in both brand and generic versions. Generic metformin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.

Glucophage News and Savings Tips

Get the latest updates on this drug from the GoodRx medical team.

  • These 11 Multitasking Meds Have Many Benefits

    by Dr. Sharon Orrange – April 25, 2017

    Almost half of Americans have used a prescription medication in the past 30 days, for a wide variety of benefits. The benefits of medications are the helpful effects you get when you use them, such as lowering blood pressure, treating infection, or relieving pain. Turns out there are some standout medications that can accomplish two or more things, sometimes with very different effects. More than one benefit? That’s a nice upside . See More


  • These 15 Medications Can Cause a False Positive on Drug Tests

    by Dr. Sharon Orrange – November 15, 2016

    We hear “false positive” as a defense from professional athletes all the time when it comes to drug screens—but unexpected  results on drug screens really do happen.

    A urine drug screen tests for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. You may be more likely to be tested when applying for a job than when playing professional sports, but you could also be affected by a false positive. See More


  • 6 Reasons You Should Talk to Your Doctor About Victoza

    by Dr. Sharon Orrange – September 12, 2016

    The American Diabetes Association recommends that metformin be your first line choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, if you are on the maximum dose of metformin, or can’t tolerate it, there are many other great alternatives that you may not know of—like Victoza (liraglutide).

    Victoza is a brand only medication, given once daily as a subcutaneous injection, and is a great option for overweight type 2 diabetics. See More


  • Lifted Restrictions Mean More Diabetics Can Use Metformin!

    by Dr. Sharon Orrange – May 24, 2016

    Metformin (Glucophage) is first line therapy for diabetes which carries the benefit of helping with weight loss. It’s cheap, does not result in risky low blood sugars (hypoglycemia), has a cheap generic—oh AND it may help you live longer. In a previous blog I told you about the exciting early evidence that metformin may help prevent aging.

    Well, a recent loosening of restrictions from the FDA means that 40% or 50% of patients with type 2 diabetes who have mild-moderate chronic kidney disease (CKD) will now be eligible to take metforminSee More


  • GoodRx Top 10 Drug Guide: What Are the Most Expensive and Most Popular Drugs in the US

    by Elizabeth Davis – January 28, 2016

    The new Goodrx Top 10 Lists are in, and this time we take a look back at the end of 2015. These are the most popular and most expensive drugs in the US, and they cover all kinds of conditions from common heart and pain meds to pricey treatments for cancer and genetic disorders.

    To start with—which drugs were filled the most in the last quarter of 2015?


  • New Kmart Pharmacy Savings Plus Program Launches (And We’ve Got Details!)

    by Elizabeth Davis – January 20, 2016

    Good news if you have a Kmart pharmacy near you—Kmart is introducing a new savings program for 2016.

    The Kmart Pharmacy Savings Plus program will offer discounts on generic medications, along with savings on extras like pet meds, immunizations, and other extras that will change every few months.

    How much can you save?

    Kmart will be offering nearly 200 generic drugs at two pricing levels: $5 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply, or $10 for 30 days and $30 for 90 days. See More


  • Is Metformin the Key to Preventing Aging?

    by Dr. Sharon Orrange – December 15, 2015

    Metformin is an inexpensive generic drug widely used for type 2 diabetes in the U.S. Although it only costs pennies, it is now featured on the World Health Organization’s list of “essential medications.” Now, metformin (the brand is Glucophage) is also being studied for cancer and aging prevention.
    You may know that metformin works to lower blood sugar and promote weight loss, but these 10 metformin discoveries may still surprise you. See More


  • New Diabetes Supply Prices Now on GoodRx

    by Elizabeth Davis – November 23, 2015

    You can now find and compare diabetes supplies on GoodRx! Do a search now to see prices for glucose test strips and meters, control solution, syringes and lancets, and more.

    As you may already know, shopping around online will typically get you a lower price than what you’ll find walking in to your local pharmacy.

    To make it even easier to get the most savings, you can now order discounted supplies directly from Total Diabetes Supply—in addition to the low Amazon. See More


  • New GoodRx Top 10s: The Most Expensive (and Most Popular) Drugs in the US

    by Elizabeth Davis – October 08, 2015

    With all the news about high drug prices recently—which drugs are actually costing Americans the most money? What about the prescriptions that are being used the most? Take a look, and we’ll guide you through the highlights of the new GoodRx Top 10s, based on a sample of claims reported by pharmacies across the country.

    Which drugs are the most expensive?

    • Treatments for rare diseases make up a good portion of the list, particularly for hereditary angioedema (HAE).
    •  See More

  • 5 Ways to Save More on Your Diabetes Meds

    by Dr. Sharon Orrange – October 06, 2015

    More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s more than 10% of the US—and that number continues to rise. More than 1.7 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 alone.
    Fortunately, several new medications for diabetes have recently been approved—Toujeo (a new insulin product), Synjardy (a new combination of empagliflozin/metformin) and others. These new drugs provide several benefits such as fewer side effects or foolproof self-dosing with an insulin pen. See More


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