Riomet (Metformin) for Diabetes | DiabetesTeam

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

Riomet is a Biguanide. Riomet 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 Riomet is generally taken once or twice a day daily with meals.

Riomet comes as an oral solution.

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

Rare but serious side effects listed for Riomet 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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