Fortamet (Metformin Sustained Release)

TypeDrug NameDosagePrice from 
drug typeFortamet500 mg$81.99

Generic Equivalent of Fortamet

TypeDrug NameDosagePrice from 
drug typeMetformin Sustained Release500 mg$45.99
drug typeMetformin Sustained Release1000 mg$70.99


Fortamet Information

reviewed by reviwer portrait Dr. Bolanle Aina, Pharmacist on 7/19/2021 2:56:15 PM.

How and Where to Buy Fortamet Online?


You can buy Fortamet and Jardiance online through our Canadian International Pharmacy at huge savings. We offer RX and OTC medications online with a valid prescription from your doctor. At Canadian Pharmacy World, your health is our priority. You can place the order online, by mail, by fax or toll-free over the telephone at 1866-485-7979.

Are There Alternative Names for the Brand and Generic Fortamet?


Fortamet comes from United Kingdom also called Glucophage SR manufactured by Merck. The generic equivalent of Fortamet is Metformin sustained release tablet. The generic is available from India also called Metsmall SR manufactured by Dr. Reddys.

What Dosages and Forms is Fortamet available in?


Fortamet is available as extended release tablets in the dosage form of 500 mg. The generic equivalent of Fortamet (Metformin sustained release) is available as tablets in the dosage forms of 500 mg and 1000 mg.

What is Fortamet used for?


Fortamet is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults, a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated. Type 2 diabetes has multiple possible complications, including blindness, kidney failure, and circulatory and heart problems. Lowering your blood sugar to a normal level may prevent or delay these complications. Fortamet is metformin hydrochloride sustained-release tablet and helps to lower the amount of sugar in your blood by controlling how much sugar is released by the liver. Fortamet (metformin hydrochloride) does not cause your body to produce more insulin Fortamet rarely causes hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and it does not usually cause weight gain when taken alone. Take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Fortamet tablets should not be cut, crushed, or chewed and should be taken whole with a full glass of water once daily with the evening meal. Fortamet should be taken daily with food.

What Are The Possible Side Effects of Fortamet?


Some of the common side effects of Fortamet include nausea, diarrhea, stomach upset, gas, abdominal bloating and loss of appetite. These side effects generally fade away with time and are less bothersome when the medication is taken with meals. Fortamet can rarely lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), especially when you drink alcohol, do not eat enough or take other medicines to lower blood sugar. In very rare cases, Fortamet can lead to a life-threatening side effect known as lactic acidosis, which is caused by the build-up of lactic acid in your blood. It mostly occurs in people whose kidneys do not function properly. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness, unusual muscle pain, troubled breathing, unexpected stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, feeling cold, dizziness or light-headedness, slow or irregular heartbeat. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking Fortamet and seek medical help immediately. These are not all the possible side effects of Fortamet. In case of any unexpected effect, consult your healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Are there any Precautions and Drug interactions for Fortamet?


Do not drink a lot of alcohol if you are taking Fortamet as this can increase your chances of getting lactic acidosis (a life-threatening condition).

Do not take Fortamet if you:

• Are allergic to metformin or any other ingredients in the medication
• Have acute or chronic metabolic acidosis (including diabetic ketoacidosis, with or without coma, history of ketoacidosis with or without coma
• Have a history of lactic acidosis (too much lactic acid in the blood)
• Drink a lot of alcohol
• Have severe liver or kidney diseases
• Are going to have an X-ray procedure with injection of iodinated contrast materials
• Suffer from dehydration (have lost a lot of water from body)
• Have a severe infection or trauma
• Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
• Are breast-feeding

Before taking Fortamet, inform your doctor if you:

• Have heart problems including congestive heart failure
• Have lactic acidosis
• Have severe liver or kidney problems
• Are 80 years old and did not have your kidney function tested
• Suffer from serious dehydration (have lost a lot of water from body)
• Have metabolic diseases such as diabetic ketoacidosis
• Drink a lot of alcohol
• Are going to have an X-ray procedure with injection of iodinated contrast materials
• Have surgery and during recovery phase
• Develop a serious medical condition such as heart attack, severe infection, stroke
• Develop or experience worsening of heart disease and heart failure
• Are pregnant or planning a pregnancy
• Are breast feeding
• Are anemic or have vitamin B12 deficiency

Drug interactions


It is important to tell your healthcare professional about all other medicines that you have taken recently including any kind of supplements and non-prescription drugs. Some medications that can interact with Fortamet include:

• Some other diabetic drugs such as glyburide
• Furosemide
• Nifedipine
• Blood thinning agents such as phenprocoumon or other antivitamin K anticoagulants
• Diuretics, especially loop diuretics as they increase the risk of lactic acidosis by decreasing renal function
• Drugs that lead to hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) such as thiazides and other diuretics, corticosteroids, phenothiazines, thyroid products, estrogens, oral contraceptives, phenytoin, nicotinic acid, calcium channel blockers, isoniazid, beta-2-agonists
• Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors like topiramate or acetazolamide
Fortamet Storage and Safety Information
The medication should be stored at a room temperature between 25°C-25°C, in well closed containers, protected from light, moisture and excessive heat. It should be kept out of sight and reach of children.

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