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Metformin Online FAQs

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What is Metformin (Glucophage)?

Metformin (Glucophage) is a medication designed to help people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels along with diet and exercise. You can take Metformin alone or use it with other diabetes medications, including insulin. It comes in both immediate-release and extended-release options. Metformin is also the only currently ADA-recommended medication for prediabetes.  

How does Metformin (Glucophage) work?

Metformin has three ways it helps you keep your blood sugar in check.

  • Decreasing glucose production: Part of your liver’s job is to produce glucose and release it into the bloodstream. Taking Metformin decreases the amount of glucose your liver makes.
  • Decreasing sugar absorption: When you eat, your food travels through your digestive system and is broken down into its nutrients, including glucose. The intestines then absorb these nutrients. Taking Metformin decreases the amount of glucose (sugar) your intestines absorb during digestion.
  • Increasing your insulin sensitivity: Insulin is a hormone the pancreas releases when blood sugar begins to rise. Insulin’s job is to trigger your body’s cells to intake more glucose from the circulating blood to use as fuel. As a result, blood sugar is lowered back to a normal level. When blood sugar levels are consistently high and the pancreas is releasing a lot of insulin to try to manage the increased blood glucose, the body can become less sensitive to insulin. If this happens, your body’s cells aren’t triggered to intake more glucose, and blood sugar levels remain high. This can lead to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. If your body has become insulin insensitive, taking Metformin can help you increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin. 

Can I get Metformin (Glucophage) online?

Yes, licensed telehealth medical providers can prescribe Metformin online after a medical evaluation. If you think you would benefit from Metformin, make an appointment with one of our telehealth healthcare providers. 

During your online medical assessment, your medical provider will review your symptoms and medical history. They will ask you questions about which medications you currently take and if you have any chronic medical conditions. They can then discuss Metformin with you. If the medical provider thinks that Metformin would benefit you, they can electronically send your pharmacy a prescription for pick-up. 

How much does Metformin (Glucophage) cost?

According to Drugs.com, 500 mg of oral Metformin tablets typically costs around $34 for 30 tablets depending on which pharmacy you use. These prices are based on people paying cash, and may be different for those with health insurance. Certain websites may carry printable coupons or rebates to help cover the cost. 

For a cheaper option, ask for the generic version, metformin. According to Drugs.com, 500 mg of oral metformin tablets typically costs around $11 for 14 tablets. The price also depends on which pharmacy you use. 

What does Metformin (Glucophage) treat?

Metformin helps people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar. It is not approved for treating people with type 1 diabetes. If you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, managing your blood sugar is the key to living your healthiest life. 

Metformin is a great first step to take control of your diabetes. However, Metformin on its own will not stop the progression of diabetes. Taking Metformin should also be combined with eating healthy and getting regular exercise. When you slow the progression of diabetes, you also lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and other medical conditions associated with diabetes. 

What are the side effects?

Metformin may cause changes to your blood sugar levels. Knowing the symptoms of low and high blood sugar is essential for managing side effects and risks associated with diabetes and its medications. 

Metformin has several potential side effects including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Stomach pain
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Flushed skin
  • Nail changes
  • Muscle pain

Several serious side effects, which require emergency medical care, include:

  • Chest pain
  • Rash
  • Difficulty breathing

Metformin may cause other side effects not listed. Speak with your medical provider about a comprehensive list of side effects.

Precautions and risks of Metformin (Glucophage)

People with kidney problems should not take Metformin as it can potentially cause a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis. Seek emergency care if you have symptoms such as muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain, dizziness, feeling cold, or feeling very weak or tired.

If you take Metformin, you’ll need to temporarily stop taking it before having any types of x-ray or CT scans that require contrast or dye to be injected into your vein.

If you drink alcohol regularly or engage in binge drinking, talk to your doctor about safe levels of alcohol intake while on Metformin. Drinking alcohol while on Metformin can increase the risk of lactic acidosis.

Do I need a prescription?

Yes, Metformin is a medication that is only available with a prescription from your licensed medical provider. Schedule an appointment with a K Health telehealth medical provider today to discuss Metformin. We have providers available 24/7.

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What is K Health Primary Care?

The K Health Primary Care program is holistic, virtual care without the hassle and price of seeing a doctor in-person, available to individuals 18-64. Primary Care is part of the K Health membership, which costs just $29/month*. It includes chronic condition management and prevention, 24/7 text-based Urgent Care*, Urgent Care for kids ages 3-17, annual wellness visits, and more—all from your phone.

A care team of board-certified doctors and clinicians create hyper-personalized care plans to make it easier for you manage chronic disease, change a habit, or just live healthier. Plans include reminders on what health screenings you need, when you're out of refills, and more.

Your care team can remotely prescribe and refill medication, order lab tests, and more.

*24/7 Urgent Care is available in all 48 continental US states. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii. K Health memberships are not insurance and exclude ancillary services (e.g., referrals. labs, equipment, cost of medication, etc). See Terms of Service.

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What does Primary Care treat?

The K Health Primary Care program is part of the K Health membership, which offers remote wellness visits, chronic disease management and prevention, 24/7 Urgent Care*, prescription refills, unlimited Urgent Care visits for you and your kids 3-17, and more.

Primary Care clinicians practicing on the K Health platform help you manage and treat common chronic conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity, and also create personalized care plans to help prevent future conditions, like heart attack and stroke. Your Care Team can remotely prescribe and refill medication, order lab tests and health screenings, and more.

*24/7 Urgent Care is available in all 48 continental US states. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii. K Health memberships are not insurance and exclude ancillary services (e.g., referrals, labs, equipment, cost of medication, etc). See Terms of Service.

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How much does Primary Care cost?

The Primary Care program is included in a K Health membership, which costs $29/month* billed every three months. You can cancel your membership at anytime. The cancellation will go into effect at the end of the billing cycle.

A membership includes chronic condition management, 24/7 Urgent Care*, annual wellness visits, unlimited Urgent Care visits for you and your kids 3-17, and more. Medication and lab test costs are not included.

*24/7 Urgent Care is available in all 48 continental US states. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii. K Health memberships are not insurance and exclude ancillary services (e.g., referrals, labs, equipment, cost of medication, etc). See Terms of Service.

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Do you do annual physicals?

We’ve built a way to have an annual wellness visit—or anytime check-in—with a board-certified doctor or clinician via the K Health app. Clinicians are available day and night for wellness visits.

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What's included in the K Health membership?

Our K Health membership includes nearly everything K Health offers for $29/month*.

  • Unlimited text-based visits with licensed clinicians
  • Flexible appointments for Primary Care and 24/7 Urgent Care
  • Remote annual wellness visits
  • Chronic condition management and prevention
  • Free Urgent Care for your kids ages 3-17
  • Easy prescription management and renewals
  • As always, no insurance needed, all on your own schedule

*24/7 Urgent Care is available in 48 states of the US. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii. Pediatrics is only available in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Children ages 3-17 must have parental consent.

K Health memberships are not insurance and do not include any ancillary services, (e.g.) laboratory tests, durable medical equipment, appointments with other providers or specialists that we may refer you to, emergency or in-person urgent care facility visits; cost of medication and other referrals. See Terms of Service.

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Do you need insurance to use K Health?

Nope!

You can sign up for our K Health membership for $29/month* which includes access to our Primary Care program, 24/7 Urgent Care visits*, Urgent Care for your kids ages 3-17, and more. A one-time visits cost $35*. Our symptom checker is always free to use.

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*24/7 Urgent Care is available in all 48 continental US states. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii. K Health memberships are not insurance and exclude ancillary services (e.g., referrals, labs, equipment, cost of medication, etc). See Terms of Service.

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