Can You Get Metformin (generic Fortamet) Online?

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Allison Edwards, Sesame Medical Director

Medically reviewed by Dr. Allison Edwards, Medical Director

Can You Get Metformin (generic Fortamet) Online?

Yes! Thanks to convenient telehealth platforms like Sesame you can get a prescription for metformin online in minutes from a trusted doctor. Following a video consultation or in-person doctor appointment, doctors can write prescriptions for medication or refill an existing prescription. Note that doctors on Sesame cannot write prescriptions for controlled substances. Sesame offers same-day in-person and telehealth visits with real quality doctors who can chat with you about your condition and determine the best treatment options for your condition or symptoms.

Visit to find a health care provider, book an appointment that’s convenient for you, and talk to your doctor about your condition. Sesame’s integrated prescription service lets your doctor write a prescription for the lowest price medication - often just $5 with free delivery on every prescription.

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Why do doctors prescribe metformin?

Metformin - a medication belonging to the class of drugs known as biguanides - is prescribed along with several other medications to manage type 2 diabetes. Metformin helps control blood glucose levels while increasing the body’s response to insulin - a hormone that helps regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates into energy for the body.

While Metformin and insulin injections will not cure type 2 diabetes, these treatments along with lifestyle changes such as increased exercise and dietary changes can help manage the condition. If left untreated, elevated glucose levels can wreak havoc on your body, causing kidney damage, eye problems, sexual dysfunction, and more.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body becomes resistant to insulin over time, causing higher and higher blood sugar levels. When we eat food (particularly carbohydrates) the body turns it into glucose (sugar), the substance our body uses as energy. Insulin - a naturally occurring hormone - is made by the pancreas to help cells absorb glucose. Diabetes causes the body to either not produce enough insulin (as in type 1 diabetes) or use it inefficiently (as in type 2 diabetes). This causes the blood sugar, or blood glucose levels, to either get too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia).

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces insulin, but the body becomes resistant to its effects. About 90% of people who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes. While both type 1 and type 2 diabetes may begin during childhood, type 2 diabetes is more common among adults, especially in obese individuals.

How does metformin work?

Metformin belongs to a classification of medications known as biguanides. This family of drugs decreases the amount of glucose your body absorbs from food and limits the amount of glucose your body naturally produces. This helps regulate blood glucose levels. In addition to regulating glucose absorption, metformin also enhances your body’s response to insulin, a hormone responsible for metabolizing glucose. These parallel actions help keep glucose levels down, reducing the risk of serious complications caused by diabetes.

It is important to note that metformin will not cure type 2 diabetes. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes cannot be reversed. However, medical treatment along with exercise and a healthy diet can help you avoid complications and reduce symptoms caused by diabetes.

How should metformin be taken?

Metformin is commonly administered as a liquid, an extended-release tablet, or an oral tablet - to be taken with meals. The typical preliminary dosage of metformin is 500 mg taken orally twice a day or 850 mg once a day - taken with meals. Your doctor will monitor your progress during regular check-ups. Depending on the efficacy of your initial dose, your doctor may increase the dosage in intervals up to a maximum of 2,000 mg per day. Dosage will vary from patient to patient.

Take metformin only as ordered by your doctor. Increasing your dosage - or discontinuing use of metformin - without approval from a health care provider can result in serious side effects, even death.

How long does it take for metformin to work?

In many cases, early effects of metformin can be felt within 48 hours after starting treatment. It may take 4 or 5 days, however, before metformin will take full effect. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Individuals managing type 1 and 2 diabetes generally will have to take medication for their entire life.

What are the most common side effects of metformin?

The most common side effects of metformin include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, fatigue, indigestion, abdominal discomfort, and headache.

Even if you experience these mild reactions to metformin, it is important to remember that this medication has been prescribed to manage type 2 diabetes. The benefits outweigh any adverse effects caused by taking metformin. If these reactions persist, talk to your doctor. They may recommend altering your dosage to prevent further discomfort.

Rare but potentially serious side effects may include lactic acidosis, hypothermia, and hypotension (low blood pressure). If you experience any of these reactions, seek medical attention immediately.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have other medical conditions, or are taking any other medications.

This is not a complete list of side effects associated with metformin. For a complete list of metformin side effects, visit the National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed page for more information.

Can you buy metformin online?

Yes, it’s legal and possible to get a prescription for metformin online by scheduling an appointment with a licensed medical provider. Fortunately, there are trusted telehealth and marketplaces like Sesame where you can find top-reviewed doctors online and near you, schedule appointments, and, if appropriate, get a prescription for escitalopram at the lowest cash price.

During your appointment, your doctor or provider will assess your medical condition and, if appropriate, write you a prescription. With Sesame’s pharmacy offering, SesameRx, you can get your prescription delivered right to your door with free and fast delivery - no insurance necessary. Our fully-integrated prescription service lets your doctor write you a prescription (or refill an existing one) during your visit. That way, you can focus on getting better and not worry about how and when you’ll get your prescription. Please note that all prescriptions are at the sole discretion of your provider.

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