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Brand name: Metformin Hydrochloride (Generic Health) TM

Active ingredients: metformin

What it is used 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.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White to off white, circular, biconvex, bevel edged, film-coated tablets debossed with '500' on one side

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Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4: Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine is subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Phamaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient metformin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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  • Therapeutic Good's Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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