Fortamet (Metformin) for Diabetes | DiabetesTeam

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Fortamet is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Fortamet is considered an adjunct treatment to diet and exercise. Fortamet is also referred to by its drug name, Metformin. Fortamet may be prescribed alone or in with an insulin or sulfonylurea.

Fortamet is a Biguanide. Fortamet is believed to work by decreasing the amount of glucose produced by the liver and making the muscle tissue more sensitive to insulin.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Fortamet is generally taken once daily with the last meal of the day.

Fortamet comes in tablet form.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Fortamet lists common side effects including diarrhea, nausea, gas, stomach pain, and upset stomach.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Fortamet include lactic acidosis (when the tissues and blood become too acidic) and systemic allergic reaction.

For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to Metformin during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at

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