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metFORMIN

Class: Biguanides
ATC Class: A10BA02
VA Class: HS502
Chemical Name: 1,1-Dimethylbiguanide monohydrochloride
Molecular Formula: C4H11N5 • HCl
CAS Number: 1115-70-4
Brands: Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Riomet

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 18, 2019.

Warning

    Lactic Acidosis
  • Lactic acidosis rare but potentially fatal. Increased risk of lactic acidosis in patients with renal impairment and advanced age.

  • Generally has occurred in diabetic patients with severe renal insufficiency who frequently had concomitant medical and/or surgical problems and were receiving multiple drugs; metformin plasma concentrations >5 mcg/mL often found in patients with lactic acidosis.

  • Periodically monitor renal function and use the minimum effective dosage. Withhold metformin promptly in patients with any condition associated with hypoxemia, sepsis, or dehydration. Avoid use in patients with clinical or laboratory evidence of hepatic impairment. Manufacturers state to temporarily discontinue metformin therapy before or at the time of an iodinated contrast imaging procedure in patients with eGFR of 30–60 mL/minute per 1.73 m2 and in patients with a history of liver disease, alcoholism, or heart failure. Withhold metformin temporarily in patients undergoing surgery or receiving intra-arterial iodinated contrast agents. Drugs that may affect renal function or alter metformin elimination should be used with caution.

    However, the American College of Radiology states that in patients with no evidence of acute kidney injury and eGFR ≥30 mL/minute per 1.73 m2, there is no need to discontinue metformin either before or following the administration of iodinated contrast media, nor is there a need to reassess the patient's renal function after the test or procedure.

  • Advise patients not to consume excessive amounts of alcohol.

  • If lactic acidosis occurs, discontinue metformin. Treat as medical emergency; immediate hospitalization and treatment required; hemodialysis recommended.

Introduction

Antidiabetic agent; a biguanide, chemically and pharmacologically unrelated to sulfonylurea antidiabetic agents.

Uses for metFORMIN

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Used as an adjunct to diet and exercise for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

May be used in combination with a sulfonylurea, repaglinide, a thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agent, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 [DPP-4] inhibitor, a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist, or a sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 [SGLT2] inhibitor for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus in patients who do not achieve adequate glycemic control on monotherapy with metformin or any of these drugs. Also used concomitantly with nateglinide.

May be used with insulin to improve glycemic control and/or decrease the required dosage of insulin.

Commercially available in fixed combination with glyburide or glipizide for use as an adjunct to diet and exercise in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. May add a thiazolidinedione antidiabetic agent if patient has inadequate glycemic control with fixed-combination metformin/glyburide therapy.

Commercially available in fixed combination with rosiglitazone for use when treatment with both rosiglitazone and metformin is appropriate.

Commercially available in fixed combination with pioglitazone (as immediate- or extended-release tablets) for use as an adjunct to diet and exercise in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who have inadequate glycemic control with pioglitazone or metformin monotherapy or in those who are already receiving pioglitazone and metformin concurrently as separate components.

Commercially available in fixed combination with repaglinide for use as an adjunct to diet and exercise in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are already receiving repaglinide and metformin concurrently as separate components or in those who have inadequate glycemic control with repaglinide or metformin monotherapy.

Commercially available in fixed combination with the DPP-4 inhibitors alogliptin, linagliptin, saxagliptin, or sitagliptin for use as an adjunct to diet and exercise when treatment with both drug components is appropriate.

Commercially available in fixed combinations with the SGLT2 inhibitors canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, empagliflozin, or ertugliflozin for use when treatment with both drugs components is appropriate.

Metformin generally is the preferred initial oral antidiabetic agent for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Potential advantages of metformin compared with sulfonylureas or insulin include minimal risk of hypoglycemia, more favorable effects on serum lipids, reduction of hyperinsulinemia, and weight loss or lack of weight gain.

Not effective as sole therapy in patients with diabetes mellitus complicated by acidosis, ketosis, or coma.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Has been used in the management of metabolic and reproductive abnormalities associated with polycystic ovary syndrome.

metFORMIN Dosage and Administration

General

  • When therapy is transferred from most sulfonylurea antidiabetic agents to metformin, sulfonylurea agent may be abruptly discontinued (no transition period generally required).

  • Patients whose therapy is transferred from chlorpropamide to metformin should be monitored closely for hypoglycemia during the initial 2 weeks following transfer.

  • Goal of therapy should be to reduce both fasting glucose and HbA1c values to normal or near normal using the lowest effective dosage of metformin hydrochloride, either when used as monotherapy or combined with another antidiabetic agent.

Administration

Oral Administration

Administer orally with meals to reduce adverse GI effects.

Administer immediate-release tablets 2 or 3 times daily. Administer in 2 divided doses if total dosage ≤2 g daily or in 3 divided doses if total dosage is >2 g daily.

Administer extended-release tablets once daily with the evening meal; swallow whole and do not chew, cut, or crush. In addition, administer Fortamet extended-release tablets with a full glass of water.

Administer immediate-release metformin hydrochloride in fixed combination with canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, empagliflozin, ertugliflozin, pioglitazone, rosiglitazone, repaglinide, alogliptin, linagliptin, or sitagliptin in divided doses daily with meals to reduce the GI effects of the metformin hydrochloride component.

Administer metformin/repaglinide fixed-combination tablets within 15 minutes before meals. If a meal is skipped, omit dose for that meal.

Administer extended-release metformin hydrochloride in fixed combination with canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, or empagliflozin once daily with the morning meal.

Administer the fixed combination of extended-release metformin hydrochloride and linagliptin once daily with a meal. Administer the fixed combination of extended-release metformin hydrochloride and sitagliptin once daily with a meal, preferably the evening meal. Administer extended-release metformin hydrochloride in fixed combination with saxagliptin once daily with the evening meal.

Dosage

Available as metformin hydrochloride; dosage expressed in terms of the salt.

Individualize dosage carefully based on patient’s glycemic response and tolerance.

Pediatric Patients

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Oral

Immediate-release tablets or oral solution in children 10–16 years of age: Initially, 500 mg twice daily with meals. Increase daily dosage in increments of 500 mg at weekly intervals to a maximum of 2 g daily given in divided doses.

Adults

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Metformin Hydrochloride Monotherapy
Oral

Immediate-release tablets or oral solution: Initially, 500 mg twice daily or 850 mg once daily with meals. Increase daily dosage by 500 mg at weekly intervals or by 850 mg at biweekly (every 2 week) intervals up to a maximum of 2 g daily given in divided doses. May increase dosage from 500 mg twice daily to 850 mg twice daily after 2 weeks. Clinically important responses generally not observed at dosages <1.5 g daily.

Initial dosage of 500 mg once daily suggested by some experts.

For additional glycemic control, increase dosage (as immediate-release tablets or oral solution) up to a maximum daily dosage of 2.55 g given in divided doses.

Extended-release tablets (Glucophage XR) in patients ≥17 years of age: Initially, 500 mg once daily with the evening meal. Increase daily dosage by 500 mg at weekly intervals to a maximum of 2 g daily. If glycemic control is not achieved with 2 g once daily, consider administering 1 g twice daily. If >2 g daily is required, switch to immediate-release tablet formulation and increase dosage up to 2.55 g daily in divided doses (preferably 3 doses per day for daily dosages >2 g).

Extended-release tablets (Fortamet) in patients ≥17 years of age: Initially, 1 g once daily with the evening meal; 500 mg once daily may be used when clinically appropriate. Increase daily dosage by 500 mg at weekly intervals to a maximum of 2.5 g daily with the evening meal.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Glipizide (e.g., Metaglip)
Oral

Patients with inadequate glycemic control on diet and exercise alone: Initially, 250 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 2.5 mg of glipizide once daily with a meal. For more severe hyperglycemia (fasting plasma glucose concentrations of 280–320 mg/dL), 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 2.5 mg of glipizide twice daily. Increase daily dosage in increments of one tablet (using the tablet strength at which therapy was initiated) at 2-week intervals until adequate glycemic control is achieved or maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 10 mg of glipizide is reached.

Efficacy of metformin hydrochloride and glipizide in fixed combination not established in patients with fasting plasma glucose concentrations >320 mg/dL. No experience with total initial daily dosages exceeding 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 10 mg of glipizide.

Patients with inadequate glycemic control on either a sulfonylurea or metformin alone: Initially, 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 2.5 or 5 mg of glipizide twice daily with the morning and evening meals. Initial dosage of the fixed combination should not exceed the patient's current daily dosage of metformin hydrochloride or glipizide (or equivalent dosage of another sulfonylurea). Titrate daily dosage in increments not exceeding 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of glipizide until adequate glycemic control achieved or maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 20 mg of glipizide is reached.

Patients currently receiving combined therapy with separate metformin and glipizide (or another sulfonylurea) preparations: May switch to 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 2.5 or 5 mg of glipizide; initial dosage of the fixed-combination preparation should not exceed the patient's current daily dosage of metformin hydrochloride and glipizide (or equivalent dosage of another sulfonylurea). Use clinical judgment regarding whether to switch to the nearest equivalent dosage or to titrate dosage. Titrate daily dosage in increments not exceeding until adequate glycemic control is achieved or maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 20 mg of glipizide is reached.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Glyburide (e.g., Glucovance)
Oral

Patients with inadequate glycemic control on diet and exercise alone: Initially, 250 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 1.25 mg of glyburide once daily with a meal. For more severe hyperglycemia (i.e., fasting plasma glucose concentrations >200 mg/dL or HbA1c >9%), may consider initial dosage of 250 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 1.25 mg of glyburide twice daily with the morning and evening meals. Titrate daily dosage in increments of 250 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 1.25 mg of glyburide at 2-week intervals until adequate glycemic control is achieved or a maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 10 mg of glyburide is reached.

Do not use the fixed combination of metformin hydrochloride 500 mg and glyburide 5 mg as initial therapy due to an increased risk of hypoglycemia.

Patients with inadequate glycemic control on a sulfonylurea and/or metformin: Initially, 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 2.5 or 5 mg of glyburide twice daily. Initial dosage of the fixed combination should not exceed the patient's current daily dosage of glyburide (or equivalent dosage of another sulfonylurea antidiabetic agent) and metformin hydrochloride. Increase daily dosage in increments not exceeding 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of glyburide until adequate glycemic control is achieved or a maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 20 mg of glyburide is reached.

Patients currently receiving combined therapy with separate metformin and glyburide (or another sulfonylurea agent) preparations: Initial dosage of the fixed combination should not exceed the previous dosage of metformin hydrochloride and glyburide (or the equivalent dosage of the other sulfonylurea). Titrate daily dosage in increments not exceeding 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of glyburide until adequate glycemic control is achieved or a maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 20 of mg glyburide is reached.

For patients whose hyperglycemia is not adequately controlled on the fixed combination, may add a thiazolidinedione (e.g., pioglitazone, rosiglitazone) at its recommended initial dosage and continue same dosage of the fixed combination. In patients requiring further glycemic control, increase thiazolidinedione dosage as recommended.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Rosiglitazone (Avandamet)
Oral

Dosage of the fixed combination is based on the patient’s current dosages of metformin hydrochloride and/or rosiglitazone. (See Table 1.) In rosiglitazone-naive patients, initiate rosiglitazone component at the lowest recommended dosage.

In patients currently receiving metformin monotherapy, the usual initial dosage of rosiglitazone is 4 mg daily given in divided doses with patient's existing dosage of metformin hydrochloride.

In patients currently receiving rosiglitazone monotherapy, the usual initial dosage of metformin hydrochloride is 1 g daily given in divided doses with patient's existing dosage of rosiglitazone.

Individualize therapy in patients already receiving metformin hydrochloride at doses not available in the fixed combination (i.e., doses other than 1 or 2 g).

Table 1. Initial Dosage of the Fixed Combination of Metformin Hydrochloride and Rosiglitazone (Avandamet)247

Prior Therapy

Usual Initial Dosage of Avandamet

Total Daily Dosage

Tablet Strength

Number of Tablets

Metformin Hydrochloride

1 g

2 mg/500 mg

1 tablet twice daily

2 g

2 mg/1 g

1 tablet twice daily

Rosiglitazone

4 mg

2 mg/500 mg

1 tablet twice daily

8 mg

4 mg/500 mg

1 tablet twice daily

For patients switching from combined therapy with separate metformin and rosiglitazone preparations, the usual initial dosage of the fixed combination is the same as the patient's existing dosage of the individual drugs.

If additional glycemic control is needed following transfer, increase daily dosage in increments of 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and/or 4 mg of rosiglitazone until adequate glycemic control is achieved or a maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 8 mg of rosiglitazone is reached. Following increase in dosage of metformin hydrochloride, further dosage adjustment recommended if adequate glycemic control not achieved in 1–2 weeks. Following increase in dosage of rosiglitazone, further dosage adjustment recommended if adequate glycemic control not achieved in 8–12 weeks.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Pioglitazone (Actoplus Met)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on the patient’s current dosage regimen, effectiveness, and tolerability.

Usual initial dosage is 500 or 850 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 15 mg of pioglitazone given once or twice daily.

Gradually titrate dosage as needed based on therapeutic response. Allow sufficient time (e.g., 8–12 weeks) to assess response.

Safety and efficacy of transferring from therapy with other oral antidiabetic agents to Actoplus Met not established; undertake any such change with caution and appropriate monitoring.

Extended-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Pioglitazone (Actoplus Met XR)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on the patient’s current dosage regimen, effectiveness, and tolerability.

Usual initial dosage is 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 15 or 30 mg of pioglitazone given once daily.

Gradually titrate dosage as needed based on therapeutic response. Allow sufficient time (e.g., 8–12 weeks) to assess response.

Safety and efficacy of transferring from therapy with other oral antidiabetic agents to Actoplus Met XR not established; undertake any such change with caution and appropriate monitoring.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Repaglinide (PrandiMet)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on the patient’s current dosage regimen, effectiveness, and tolerability.

Patients with inadequate glycemic control on metformin monotherapy: Initially, 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 1 mg of repaglinide twice daily with meals; gradually increase dosage as needed.

Patients with inadequate glycemic control on repaglinide monotherapy: Initially, 500 mg of the metformin hydrochloride component (given in fixed combination with repaglinide) twice daily; gradually increase dosage as needed.

Patients switching from combined therapy with separate metformin and repaglinide preparations: Initiate with dosages that are similar to (but do not exceed) patient's existing dosages of the individual drugs.

Safety and efficacy of transferring to PrandiMet from therapy with other oral antidiabetic agents not established; undertake any such change with caution and appropriate monitoring.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Alogliptin (Kazano)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on current antidiabetic regimen, effectiveness, and patient tolerability. Increase dosage gradually to minimize adverse GI effects, up to a maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 25 mg of alogliptin.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Linagliptin (Jentadueto)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on effectiveness and patient tolerability. May increase dosage up to a maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of linagliptin.

Patients not currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of linagliptin administered in 2 divided doses.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and 5 mg of linagliptin, administered in 2 divided doses.

Patients currently receiving linagliptin and metformin hydrochloride: Initially, same total daily dosage of each component administered in 2 divided doses daily.

Extended-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Linagliptin (Jentadueto XR)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on effectiveness and patient tolerability. May increase dosage up to a maximum daily dosage of 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of linagliptin.

Patients not currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of linagliptin once daily.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and 5 mg of linagliptin, administered once daily.

Patients currently receiving linagliptin and metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to the patient’s existing dosage and 5 mg of linagliptin, administered once daily.

Extended-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Saxagliptin (Kombiglyze XR)
Oral

Patients inadequately controlled on monotherapy with saxagliptin 5 mg daily: Initially, 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of saxagliptin once daily; increase dosage gradually to minimize adverse GI effects of metformin.

Patients inadequately controlled on monotherapy with extended-release metformin hydrochloride: Dosage of the fixed combination should provide metformin hydrochloride at the current dosage or the nearest therapeutically appropriate dosage.

Following a switch from immediate-release to extended-release metformin hydrochloride, closely monitor glycemic control and adjust dosage accordingly.

Patients inadequately controlled on monotherapy with saxagliptin 2.5 mg daily: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 2.5 mg of saxagliptin daily. Use the individual components in patients who require 2.5 mg of saxagliptin and are either metformin naive or require a metformin hydrochloride dose >1 g.

If used with a potent CYP3A4/5 inhibitor, limit dosage of saxagliptin to 2.5 mg once daily.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Sitagliptin (Janumet)
Oral

Patients not currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 50 mg of sitagliptin twice daily.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 50 mg of sitagliptin twice daily or 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 50 mg of sitagliptin twice daily, depending on the patient's existing dosage of metformin hydrochloride.

Patients currently receiving immediate-release metformin hydrochloride 850 or 1000 mg twice daily: 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 50 mg of sitagliptin twice daily.

Maintain the same total daily dosage of sitagliptin and metformin hydrochloride when transitioning between the fixed combination of sitagliptin and immediate-release metformin hydrochloride (Janumet) and the fixed combination of sitagliptin and extended-release metformin hydrochloride (Janumet XR).

Efficacy and safety of switching therapy from oral antidiabetic agents other than sitagliptin or metformin hydrochloride to the fixed combination of sitagliptin and metformin hydrochloride not established.

Extended-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Sitagliptin (Janumet XR)
Oral

Patients not currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 100 mg of sitagliptin once daily.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 100 mg of sitagliptin once daily or 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 100 mg of sitagliptin once daily, depending on the patient's existing dosage of metformin hydrochloride.

Patients currently receiving immediate-release metformin hydrochloride 850 or 1000 mg twice daily: 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 100 mg of sitagliptin once daily.

Maintain the same total daily dosage of sitagliptin and metformin hydrochloride when transitioning between the fixed combination of sitagliptin and immediate-release metformin hydrochloride (Janumet) and the fixed combination of sitagliptin and extended-release metformin hydrochloride (Janumet XR).

Efficacy and safety of switching therapy from oral antidiabetic agents other than sitagliptin or metformin hydrochloride to the fixed combination of sitagliptin and metformin hydrochloride not established.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Canagliflozin (Invokamet)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on patient's current antidiabetic regimen. May increase dosage gradually based on effectiveness and tolerability.

Patients not currently receiving either canagliflozin or metformin hydrochloride: Initially, 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 50 mg of canagliflozin twice daily.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to the patient's existing dosage and 100 mg of canagliflozin, administered in 2 divided doses. In patients currently receiving an evening dose of extended-release metformin hydrochloride, skip last dose of extended-release metformin hydrochloride prior to initiating therapy with the fixed combination of metformin hydrochloride and canagliflozin the following morning.

Patients currently receiving canagliflozin: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and same daily dosage of canagliflozin administered in 2 divided doses.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride and canagliflozin: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and same daily dosage of canagliflozin, administered in 2 divided doses.

Extended-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Canagliflozin (Invokamet XR)
Oral

Individualize dosage of based on patient's current antidiabetic regimen. May increase dosage gradually based on effectiveness and tolerability.

Patients not currently receiving either canagliflozin or metformin hydrochloride: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and 100 mg of canagliflozin once daily.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to the patient's existing dosage and 100 mg of canagliflozin, administered once daily. In patients currently receiving an evening dose of extended-release metformin hydrochloride, skip last dose of extended-release metformin hydrochloride prior to initiating therapy with the fixed combination of metformin hydrochloride and canagliflozin the following morning.

Patients currently receiving canagliflozin: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and same daily dosage of canagliflozin administered once daily.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride and canagliflozin: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and same daily dosage of canagliflozin, administered once daily.

Extended-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Dapagliflozin (Xigduo XR)
Oral

Initial dosage based on patient's current regimen with metformin hydrochloride and/or dapagliflozin. May increase dosage gradually based on effectiveness and tolerability.

Patients not currently receiving dapagliflozin: Initially, 5 mg of the dapagliflozin component once daily. Titrate gradually based on effectiveness and tolerability, up to a maximum daily dosage of 2 g of extended-release metformin and 10 mg of dapagliflozin.

Patients already receiving extended-release metformin hydrochloride in the evening who are switching to the fixed combination of metformin hydrochloride and dapagliflozin: Skip last dose of metformin hydrochloride before initiating therapy with the fixed combination the following morning.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Empagliflozin (Synjardy)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on the patient's current antidiabetic regimen. May increase dosage gradually based on effectiveness and tolerability.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and 10 mg of empagliflozin, administered in 2 divided doses.

Patients currently receiving empagliflozin: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and same daily dosage of empagliflozin administered in 2 divided doses.

Patients currently receiving empagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and same daily dosage of empagliflozin, administered in 2 divided doses.

Extended-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Empagliflozin (Synjardy XR)
Oral

Individualize dosage based on the patient's current antidiabetic regimen. May increase dosage gradually based on effectiveness and tolerability.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and 10 mg of empagliflozin, administered once daily.

Patients currently receiving empagliflozin: Initially, 1 g of metformin hydrochloride and same daily dosage of empagliflozin administered once daily.

Patients currently receiving empagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride: Initially, a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and same daily dosage of empagliflozin, administered once daily.

Immediate-release Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Ertugliflozin (Segluromet)
Oral

Initial dosage based on patient's current regimen with metformin hydrochloride and/or ertugliflozin. May increase dosage gradually based on effectiveness and tolerability.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride: Initially, total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and total daily dosage of 5 mg of ertugliflozin (administered as fixed combination with 2.5 mg of ertugliflozin), given in 2 divided doses daily.

Patients currently receiving ertugliflozin: Initially, total daily dosage of 1 g of metformin hydrochloride (administered as fixed combination with 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride) and a total daily ertugliflozin dosage similar to the patient's existing dosage, given in 2 divided doses daily.

Patients currently receiving metformin hydrochloride and ertugliflozin (administered as separate tablets): Initially, give fixed combination containing a total daily metformin hydrochloride dosage similar to patient's existing dosage and same total daily dose of ertugliflozin, in 2 divided doses daily.

Metformin Hydrochloride Dosage in Patients Transferred from Insulin
Oral

Initially, 500 mg once daily; increase dosage by 500 mg daily at weekly intervals until adequate glycemic control is achieved or a maximum daily dosage of 2.5 g (immediate-release tablets) or 2 g (extended-release tablets) is reached. Concurrent insulin dosage initially remains unchanged. When fasting plasma glucose concentration decreases to <120 mg/dL, decrease insulin dosage by 10–25%.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome†
Oral

In general, 1.5–2.25 g daily in divided doses.

Prescribing Limits

Pediatric Patients

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Oral

Children 10–16 years of age: Maximum 2 g daily as immediate-release tablets or oral solution.

Adults

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Metformin Hydrochloride Monotherapy
Oral

Maximum 2.55 g daily as immediate-release tablets or oral solution, 2.5 g daily as Fortamet extended-release tablets, or 2 g daily as certain other extended-release tablets (e.g., Glucophage XR). Switch to immediate-release tablets for further dosage titration if required dosage exceeds 2 g daily.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Glyburide (e.g., Glucovance)
Oral

Maximum daily dosage as second-line therapy is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 20 mg of glyburide.

No experience with total daily dosages exceeding 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 10 mg of glipizide in clinical trials in patients receiving the fixed combination as initial therapy.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Glipizide (e.g., Metaglip)
Oral

Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 20 mg of glipizide.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Linagliptin (Jentadueto, Jentadueto XR)
Oral

Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of linagliptin.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Saxagliptin (Kombiglyze XR)
Oral

Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 5 mg of saxagliptin.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Sitagliptin (Janumet, Janumet XR)
Oral

Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 100 mg of sitagliptin.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Canagliflozin (Invokamet, Invokamet XR)
Oral

Patients with eGFR ≥60 mL/minute per 1.73 m2: Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 300 mg of canagliflozin.

Patients with eGFR 45 to <60 mL/minute per 1.73 m2: Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 100 mg of canagliflozin.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Dapagliflozin (Xigduo XR)
Oral

Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 10 mg of dapagliflozin.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Empagliflozin (Synjardy, Synjardy XR)
Oral

Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 25 mg of empagliflozin.

Metformin Hydrochloride in Fixed Combination with Ertugliflozin (Segluromet)
Oral

Maximum daily dosage is 2 g of metformin hydrochloride and 15 mg of ertugliflozin.

Special Populations

Renal Impairment

eGFR 30–45 mL/minute per 1.73 m2: Do not initiate metformin; assess benefits and risks of continued treatment in patients already receiving metformin.

eGFR <30 mL/minute per 1.73 m2: Use contraindicated; discontinue in patients already receiving metformin.

National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF-KDOQI) states that the exact GFR cutoff for metformin use is controversial. NKF-KDOQI suggests reviewing use of metformin in GFR <45 mL/minute per 1.73 m2. NKF-KDOQI and other clinicians suggest avoiding metformin therapy if GFR <30 mL/minute but suggest considering risk-benefit of such therapy if GFR stable.

Hepatic Impairment

Avoid use in those with hepatic disease.

Geriatric Patients

In general, do not titrate to the maximum dosage recommended for younger adults; limited data suggest reducing initial dosage by approximately 33% in geriatric patients.

Monitor renal function regularly to determine appropriate dosage.

Cautions for metFORMIN

Contraindications

  • Acute or chronic metabolic acidosis, including diabetic ketoacidosis with or without coma.

  • Severe renal impairment (eGFR <30 mL/minute per 1.73 m2), which may result from conditions such as cardiovascular collapse (shock), acute MI, or septicemia.

  • Known hypersensitivity to metformin hydrochloride or any ingredient in the formulations.

Warnings/Precautions

Warnings

Lactic Acidosis

See Boxed Warning.

General Precautions

Hypoglycemia

Uncommon in patients receiving metformin as monotherapy. Debilitated, malnourished, or geriatric patients and patients with renal or hepatic impairment or adrenal or pituitary insufficiency may be particularly susceptible. Strenuous exercise, alcohol ingestion, insufficient caloric intake, or use in combination with other antidiabetic agents may increase risk. Hypoglycemia may be difficult to recognize in geriatric patients or in those receiving β-adrenergic blocking agents. (See Specific Drugs under Interactions.)

Hematologic Effects

Decreased serum vitamin B12 concentrations, with or without clinical manifestations (e.g., anemia).

Symptoms rapidly reversible following discontinuation of metformin or supplementation with vitamin B12. Monitor hematologic parameters (e.g., hemoglobin, serum vitamin B12 concentrations) prior to initiation of therapy and at least annually during treatment and any abnormality properly investigated.

Consider periodic supplementation with parenteral vitamin B12 in patients at high risk for developing subnormal serum vitamin B12 concentrations (e.g., alcoholics, patients with low calcium or vitamin B12 intake or absorption).

Cardiovascular Effects

Possible increased cardiovascular mortality associated with other biguanide antidiabetic agents (i.e., phenformin). The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other clinicians do not recommend changing current guidelines regarding the use of metformin as monotherapy or in combination with sulfonylureas pending the results of further studies of metformin alone or in combination with sulfonylureas.

Use of metformin in combination with rosiglitazone and insulin is not recommended; adverse cardiovascular events (e.g., edema, CHF) have occurred with combined rosiglitazone and insulin therapy.

Concurrent Illness

Evaluate serum electrolytes and ketones, blood glucose, and if indicated, blood pH, lactate, pyruvate, and metformin concentrations for evidence of ketoacidosis or lactic acidosis.

Temporary withdrawal of metformin therapy and administration of insulin may be required to maintain glycemic control during periods of stress.

Use of Fixed Combinations

When used in fixed combination with other drugs, consider the cautions, precautions, contraindications, and interactions associated with the concomitant agent(s).

Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Category B.

Most clinicians recommend use of insulin during pregnancy in diabetic patients to maintain optimum control of blood glucose concentrations.

Lactation

Distributed into milk in rats; small amounts distributed into human milk. Discontinue nursing or the drug.

Pediatric Use

Safety and efficacy of metformin as immediate-release tablets or oral solution in children <10 years of age have not been established.

Safety and efficacy of metformin as extended-release tablets in children <17 years of age have not been established.

Safety and efficacy of metformin in fixed combination with glipizide, pioglitazone, repaglinide, rosiglitazone, or sitagliptin in children have not been established. Data from a clinical trial in children 9–16 years of age comparing combined therapy with metformin and glyburide (Glucovance) with each drug as monotherapy did not reveal unexpected safety findings.

Geriatric Use

Insufficient number of geriatric patients in controlled clinical trials of metformin hydrochloride immediate-release (Glucophage) and extended-release tablets (Glucophage XR, Glumetza) to determine if such patients respond differently than younger adults. With another extended-release preparation of metformin hydrochloride (Fortamet), no overall differences in safety or efficacy in geriatric patients were observed compared with younger adults.

Use with caution, since renal function declines with age.

Monitor renal function periodically.

Do not initiate in patients ≥80 years of age without confirmation of adequate renal function as measured by Clcr.

Geriatric patients particularly susceptible to hypoglycemia, which may be difficult to recognize.

Renal Impairment

Do not use in patients with severe renal disease or dysfunction. (See Contraindications.)

Evaluate renal function prior to initiation of therapy and at least annually thereafter.

Monitor more frequently if development of impaired renal function is anticipated (e.g., those with blood glucose concentrations >300 mg/dL, those who may develop renal dysfunction as a result of polyuria and volume depletion).

Discontinue metformin if patient's eGFR <30 mL/minute per 1.73 m2; contraindicated in such patients.

Hepatic Impairment

Generally avoid use in patients with clinical or laboratory evidence of hepatic disease. Elimination of lactate may be substantially reduced. (See Boxed Warning.)

Common Adverse Effects

Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal bloating, abdominal cramping or pain, flatulence, anorexia.

Interactions for metFORMIN

Cationic Agents Secreted by Proximal Renal Tubules

Pharmacokinetic interaction with cimetidine (decreased excretion of metformin).

Potential pharmacokinetic interaction with other cationic drugs that undergo substantial tubular secretion (e.g., amiloride, digoxin, morphine, procainamide, quinidine, quinine, ranitidine, triamterene, vancomycin).

Monitor carefully; consider dosage adjustment of either agent.

Protein-bound Drugs

Pharmacokinetic interaction unlikely.

Drugs That May Antagonize Hypoglycemic Effects

Calcium-channel blocking agents, corticosteroids, thiazide diuretics, estrogens and progestins (e.g., oral contraceptives), isoniazid, niacin, phenothiazines, sympathomimetic agents (e.g., albuterol, epinephrine, terbutaline); observe patient closely for evidence of altered glycemic control when such drugs are added to or withdrawn from therapy.

Specific Drugs or Foods

Drug

Interaction

Comments

Acarbose

Acute decrease in metformin bioavailability in single-dose study

ACE inhibitors

Potential risk of hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia when ACE inhibitor therapy is initiated/withdrawn

Monitor blood glucose concentrations during dosage adjustments with either agent

Alcohol

Increased risk of hypoglycemia and lactic acidosis

Avoid excessive alcohol intake

Antidiabetic agents (e.g., sulfonylureas, meglitinides, insulin)

Possible hypoglycemia

May need to reduce dosage of concomitant antidiabetic agent

β-Adrenergic blocking agents

May impair glucose tolerance; may increase frequency or severity of hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia-induced complications

If concomitant therapy necessary, a β1-selective adrenergic blocking agent or β-adrenergic blocking agents with intrinsic sympathomimetic activity preferred

Cimetidine

Possible decreased excretion of metformin

Increased peak concentrations and AUC of metformin; negligible effects on cimetidine pharmacokinetics

Carefully monitor patient; consider need for dosage adjustment

Clomiphene

Possible resumption of ovulation in premenopausal patients with polycystic ovary syndrome

Furosemide

Increased peak concentrations of metformin and decreased peak concentrations and terminal half-life of furosemide in single-dose study

Glyburide

Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of metformin not altered in single-dose study

Variable decreases in AUC and peak blood concentration of glyburide

Clinical importance uncertain

Guar gum

Reduced and delayed GI absorption of metformin

Nifedipine

Enhanced absorption and increased urinary excretion of metformin; minimal effects on nifedipine pharmacokinetics

Thiazide diuretics

May exacerbate diabetes mellitus

Consider using less diabetogenic diuretic (e.g., potassium-sparing diuretic), reducing dosage of or discontinuing diuretic, or increasing dosage of oral antidiabetic agent

metFORMIN Pharmacokinetics

Absorption

Bioavailability

Approximately 50–60% (absolute) with dosages of 0.5–1.5 g.

Fixed-combination preparation containing 500 mg of metformin hydrochloride and 4 mg of rosiglitazone is bioequivalent to mg-equivalent dosages of individual components administered separately under fasted conditions.

Onset

Therapeutic response usually apparent within a few days to 1 week. Maximal glycemic response within 2 weeks.

Duration

Blood glucose concentrations increase within 2 weeks following discontinuance of metformin therapy.

Food

Food decreases and slightly delays absorption of immediate-release tablets.

Food increases the extent of absorption of extended-release tablets (Glucophage XR, Fortamet). Peak plasma concentrations and time to achieve peak plasma concentrations not altered by administration of one extended-release preparation (Glucophage XR) with food; food increases peak plasma concentrations and prolongs time to peak plasma concentrations of another extended-release tablet preparation (Fortamet).

Peak concentrations and AUC of the extended-release metformin hydrochloride component increased by approximately 98 and 85%, respectively, when Actoplus Met XR was given with food. Time to peak concentration prolonged by approximately 3 hours for pioglitazone and 2 hours for extended-release metformin hydrochloride under fed conditions.

Food increases the extent of absorption and delays the time to peak plasma concentrations of the oral solution. Fat content of meals does not appreciably affect the pharmacokinetics of metformin hydrochloride oral solution.

Distribution

Extent

Rapidly distributed into peripheral body tissues and fluids, particularly GI tract.

Slowly distributed into erythrocytes and a deep tissue compartment (probably GI tissue).

Plasma Protein Binding

Negligible.

Elimination

Metabolism

Not metabolized in the liver or GI tract and not excreted into bile. No metabolites identified in humans.

Elimination Route

Excreted in urine (approximately 35–52%) and feces (20–33%). Eliminated as unchanged drug.

Half-life

Approximately 6.2 hours.

Special Populations

Renal impairment may reduce clearance, including in geriatric patients with age-related decline in renal function. Renal impairment results in increased peak plasma concentrations, prolonged time to peak plasma concentration and half-life, and decreased volume of distribution.

Stability

Storage

Oral

Tablets

Immediate-release tablets: Tight, light-resistant containers at 20–25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Extended-release tablets: Tight, light resistant containers at 20–25° C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Metformin/glyburide fixed combination: Light-resistant containers at 25°C.

Metformin/glipizide fixed combination: 20–25° C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Metformin/rosiglitazone fixed combination: Tight, light-resistant containers at 25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Metformin/pioglitazone fixed combination: Tight (Actoplus Met) or tight, light-resistant (Actoplus Met XR) containers at 25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Metformin/repaglinide fixed combination: Tight containers at temperatures not exceeding 25°C.

Metformin/linagliptin fixed combination: 25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C); protect from exposure to high humidity.

Metformin/saxagliptin fixed combination: 20–25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Metformin/sitagliptin fixed combination: 20–25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Metformin/canagliflozin fixed combination: 20–25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C). Store and dispense in original container. May store in pillbox for ≤30 days.

Metformin/dapagliflozin: 20–25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Metformin/empagliflozin: 25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C).

Metformin/ertugliflozin: 20–25°C (may be exposed to 15–30°C); protect from moisture and store in a dry place.

Solution

15–30°C.

Actions

  • Lowers blood glucose concentrations in patients with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) without increasing insulin secretion from pancreatic β cells. Ineffective in the absence of some endogenous or exogenous insulin.

  • Usually does not lower glucose concentrations below euglycemia, but hypoglycemia occasionally may occur with overdosage.

  • Lowers both basal (fasting) and postprandial glucose concentrations in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Improves insulin sensitivity by decreasing hepatic glucose production and enhancing insulin-stimulated uptake and utilization of glucose by peripheral tissues (e.g., skeletal muscle, adipocytes). Insulin secretion usually remains unchanged.

Advice to Patients

  • Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs, dietary or herbal supplements, and alcohol consumption, as well as any concomitant illnesses (e.g., renal disease). Importance of avoiding excessive alcohol consumption.

  • Importance of women informing clinicians if they are or plan to become pregnant or plan to breast-feed.

  • Importance of adherence to diet and exercise regimens.

  • Possibility of primary and secondary failure with metformin therapy.

  • Risks of hypoglycemia, symptoms and treatment of hypoglycemic reactions, and conditions that predispose to the development of such reactions.

  • Importance of regular laboratory evaluations, including fasting blood (or plasma) glucose determinations.

  • Risks of lactic acidosis and conditions that predispose to its development.

  • Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information. (See Cautions.)

Preparations

Excipients in commercially available drug preparations may have clinically important effects in some individuals; consult specific product labeling for details.

Please refer to the ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center for information on shortages of one or more of these preparations.

* available from one or more manufacturer, distributor, and/or repackager by generic (nonproprietary) name

metFORMIN Hydrochloride

Routes

Dosage Forms

Strengths

Brand Names

Manufacturer

Oral

Solution

500 mg/5 mL*

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Solution

Riomet

Ranbaxy

Tablets, extended-release

500 mg*

Fortamet

Shionogi Pharma

Glucophage XR

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Glumetza

Depomed

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets

750 mg*

Glucophage XR

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets

1 g*

Fortamet

Shionogi Pharma

Glumetza

Depomed

Tablets, film-coated

500 mg*

Glucophage

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Tablets

625 mg*

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Tablets

750 mg*

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Tablets

850 mg*

Glucophage

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Tablets

1 g*

Glucophage

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Tablets

* available from one or more manufacturer, distributor, and/or repackager by generic (nonproprietary) name

metFORMIN Hydrochloride Combinations

Routes

Dosage Forms

Strengths

Brand Names

Manufacturer

Oral

Tablets, extended-release

500 mg with Immediate-release Canagliflozin (anhydrous) 50 mg

Invokamet XR

Janssen

500 mg with Immediate-release Canagliflozin (anhydrous) 150 mg

Invokamet XR

Janssen

500 mg with Immediate-release Dapagliflozin Propanediol 5 mg (of dapagliflozin)

Xigduo XR

AstraZeneca

500 mg with Immediate-release Dapagliflozin Propanediol 10 mg (of dapagliflozin)

Xigduo XR

AstraZeneca

500 mg with Immediate-release Saxagliptin 5 mg

Kombiglyze XR

AstraZeneca

500 mg with Immediate-release Sitagliptin 50 mg

Janumet XR

Merck

1 g with Immediate-release Canagliflozin 50 mg (anhydrous)

Invokamet XR

Janssen

1 g with Immediate-release Canagliflozin (anhydrous) 150 mg

Invokamet XR

Janssen

1 g with Immediate-release Dapagliflozin Propanediol 2.5 mg (of dapagliflozin)

Xigduo XR

AstraZeneca

1 g with Immediate-release Dapagliflozin Propanediol 5 mg (of dapagliflozin)

Xigduo XR

AstraZeneca

1 g with Immediate-release Dapagliflozin Propanediol 10 mg (of dapagliflozin)

Xigduo XR

AstraZeneca

1 g with Immediate-release Empagliflozin 5 mg

Synjardy XR

Boehniger Ingelheim

1 g with Immediate-release Empagliflozin 10 mg

Synjardy XR

Boehniger Ingelheim

1 g with Immediate-release Empagliflozin 12.5 mg

Synjardy XR

Boehniger Ingelheim

1 g with Immediate-release Empagliflozin 25 mg

Synjardy XR

Boehniger Ingelheim

1 g with Immediate-release Linagliptin 2.5 mg

Jentadueto XR

Boehringer Ingelheim

1 g with Immediate-release Linagliptin 5 mg

Jentadueto XR

Boehringer Ingelheim

1 g with Immediate-release Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg (of pioglitazone)

Actoplus Met XR

Takeda

1 g with Immediate-release Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 30 mg (of pioglitazone)

Actoplus Met XR

Takeda

1 g with Immediate-release Saxagliptin 2.5 mg

Kombiglyze XR

AstraZeneca

1 g with Immediate-release Saxagliptin 5 mg

Kombiglyze XR

AstraZeneca

1 g with Immediate-release Sitagliptin 50 mg

Janumet XR

Merck

1 g with Immediate-release Sitagliptin 100 mg

Janumet XR

Merck

Tablets, film-coated

250 mg with Glipizide 2.5 mg*

Metaglip

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride and Glipizide Tablets

250 mg with Glyburide 1.25 mg*

Glucovance

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride and Glyburide Tablets

500 mg with Alogliptin Benzoate 12.5 mg (of alogliptin)

Kazano

Takeda

500 mg with Canagliflozin (anhydrous) 50 mg

Invokamet

Janssen

500 mg with Canagliflozin (anhydrous) 150 mg

Invokamet

Janssen

500 mg with Empagliflozin 5 mg

Synjardy

Boehringer Ingelheim

500 mg with Empagliflozin 12.5 mg

Synjardy

Boehringer Ingelheim

500 mg with Ertugliflozin L-pyroglutamic Acid 2.5 mg (of ertugliflozin)

Segluromet

Merck

500 mg with Ertugliflozin L-pyroglutamic Acid 7.5 mg (of ertugliflozin)

Segluromet

Merck

500 mg with Glipizide 2.5 mg*

Metaglip

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride and Glipizide Tablets

500 mg with Glipizide 5 mg*

Metaglip

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride and Glipizide Tablets

500 mg with Glyburide 2.5 mg*

Glucovance

Bristol-Myers Squibb

metFORMIN Hydrochloride and Glyburide Tablets

500 mg with Glyburide 5 mg*

Glucovance

Bristol-Myers Squibb

MetFORMIN Hydrochloride and Glyburide Tablets

500 mg with Linagliptin 2.5 mg

Jentadueto

Boehringer Ingelheim

500 mg with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg (of pioglitazone)

Actoplus Met

Takeda

500 mg with Repaglinide 1 mg

Prandimet

Novo Nordisk

500 mg with Repaglinide 2 mg

Prandimet

Novo Nordisk

500 mg with Rosiglitazone Maleate 2 mg (of rosiglitazone)

Avandamet

GlaxoSmithKline

500 mg with Rosiglitazone Maleate 4 mg (of rosiglitazone)

Avandamet

GlaxoSmithKline

500 mg with Sitagliptin Phosphate 50 mg (of sitagliptin)

Janumet

Merck

850 mg with Linagliptin 2.5 mg

Jentadueto

Boehringer Ingelheim

850 mg with Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg (of pioglitazone)

Actoplus Met

Takeda

1 g with Alogliptin Benzoate 12.5 mg (of alogliptin)

Kazano

Takeda

1 g with Canagliflozin (anhydrous) 50 mg

Invokamet

Janssen

1 g with Canagliflozin (anhydrous) 150 mg

Invokamet

Janssen

1 g with Empagliflozin 5 mg

Synjardy

Boehringer Ingelheim

1 g with Empagliflozin 12.5 mg

Synjardy

Boehringer Ingelheim

1 g with Ertugliflozin L-pyroglutamic Acid 2.5 mg (of ertugliflozin)

Segluromet

Merck

1 g with Ertugliflozin L-pyroglutamic Acid 7.5 mg (of ertugliflozin)

Segluromet

Merck

1 g with Linagliptin 2.5 mg

Jentadueto

Boehringer Ingelheim

1 g with Rosiglitazone Maleate 2 mg (of rosiglitazone)

Avandamet

GlaxoSmithKline

1 g with Rosiglitazone Maleate 4 mg (of rosiglitazone)

Avandamet

GlaxoSmithKline

1 g with Sitagliptin Phosphate 50 mg (of sitagliptin)

Janumet

Merck

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