Biguanides are used to treat diabetes type 2 and PCOS. They work by lowering blood sugar levels along with diet and exercise and by decreasing the amount of glucose that is absorbed. They also help to regulate menstrual cycles.

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This chart is created by aggregating the total number of claims for the drugs in this class divided by the # of drugs with a specific indication. It is meant to be representative but may not accurately reflect the actual # of prescriptions written to treat a specific condition.

Prices for Popular Biguanides

Popularity Brand Name (Generic Name) GoodRx Fair Price Price Trend
Glucophage
(metformin)
5
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Metformin (Glucophage) is an inexpensive drug used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. It is is more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in both brand and generic versions. Generic metformin is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Glucophage XR
(metformin er (Glucophage XR))
9
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Metformin ER (Glucophage XR) is an inexpensive drug used to treat type II diabetes. It helps control blood sugar in combination with diet and exercise. This drug is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic metformin ER is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Fortamet
(metformin er (Fortamet))
472
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Metformin ER (Fortamet) is an expensive drug used to treat type II diabetes. It helps control blood sugar in combination with diet and exercise. This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. It is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Glumetza
(metformin er (Glumetza))
5,056
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Metformin ER (Fortamet) is an expensive drug used to treat type II diabetes. It helps control blood sugar in combination with diet and exercise. This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. It is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Riomet
399
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Metformin (Riomet) is an expensive drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. Treatment is combined with diet and exercise. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic options for Riomet. It is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.

Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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