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Brand name: Metformin Hydrochloride (Generic Health)

Metformin Hydrochloride (Generic Health) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) metformin. On this page you will find out more about Metformin Hydrochloride (Generic Health), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: metformin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Metformin Hydrochloride (Generic Health) 500 mg film-coated tablet, 100

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Metformin is indicated in the treatment of type2 diabetes mellitus not satisfactorily controlled by diet, where the risk of lactic acidosis is minimised by excluding predisposing factors, especially impaired renal, hepatic or cardiovascular function. Metformin may be used as initial therapy or in sulphonylurea failure, either alone or in combination with a sulphonylurea or as adjuvant therapy in insulin-dependent diabetes.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to off white, circular, biconvex, bevel edged, film-coated tablets debossed with '500' on one side

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Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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