Brand name(s)

Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza. Riomet

What it is

Glucophage (metformin) is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels.

What it treats

Glucophage is used together with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Glucophage is sometimes used together with insulin or other medications, but metformin is not for treating type 1 diabetes.