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  • You can buy Metformin in three easy to follow steps.
  • Step 1 - Follow the link below to begin your free online diagnosis. This stage should take no longer than a few minutes to complete.
  • Step 2 - Your medical details are reviewed by one of our GMC registered UK doctors. Once this review has taken place, your personalised diagnosis will be sent directly to your inbox.
  • Step 3 - Once you've received your diagnosis by email, you will be able to simply login to our members area and place your order which we will then deliver to you the very next day.
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Metformin, which is also sold under the brand name Glucophage, is a prescription medication diabetes treatment that is taken to treat Type 2 diabetes. Metformin helps the body to better respond to the low amounts of insulin it produces while decreasing the level of sugar in the blood. It is thought to be the most commonly prescribed medication to combat diabetes in the world, and has been safely and effectively treating Type 2 diabetes for over 40 years.

Metformin is available to buy at HealthExpress, providing you have been diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic. To order this diabetes treatment, all you need to do is complete our online consultation, at no additional cost to you, so we can verify that the treatment will be safe for you to use. Once this has been confirmed, we will be able to issue a prescription which will be filled and dispensed from our pharmacy and sent straight to your door.

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Are there any benefits?

In addition to the most obvious benefit, that Metformin can effectively treat Type 2 diabetes, this medication has other advantages. It is also believed to lower LDL cholesterol (known as “bad” cholesterol” and increase HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol), while helping with weight loss. Metformin has been around for over four decades, which means there has been plenty of time to study the medication for potential side effects and risks.

How does Metformin work?

Metformin is known as a biguanide medication and it works to treat Type 2 diabetes by helping the body to control sugar levels in the blood. It does this by decreasing the amount of sugar (glucose) that is absorbed from the food by the intestines as well as the level of glucose that is produced by the liver. In addition to this, metformin helps your body to respond more effectively to the insulin it does produce. Metformin is an effective Type 2 diabetes treatment but is not prescribed as a treatment for Type 1 diabetes.

How do you take this medication?

Metformin is usually prescribed as a 500mg or 850mg dose to be taken twice or three times per day. You should take this diabetes treatment exactly as it has been prescribed to you and according to the instructions on the prescription label. You should not exceed 3000mg in a single day. You should take each tablet with food, such as a meal, and it should be swallowed whole rather than crushed or chewed. You will need to visit your doctor regularly in order to have your blood sugar tested, so you should be prepared for this.

Who can take Metformin?

Metformin is clinically approved to be safe as well as effective, but there are still certain groups of people who should exercise particular caution before taking this medication. If you are allergic to metformin or experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis then you will not be prescribed this medication. You should tell you doctor or disclose during your online consultation if you have heart or liver disease. If at any point while taking this diabetes treatment you need to have a CT scan or x-ray taken that requires a dye to be injected into your bloodstream then you will need to stop taking metformin temporarily.

You should remain aware of the possibility of lactic acidosis, which can occur as a side effect of taking metformin. This is a potentially fatal side effect and will require emergency medical care if it occurs.

How to buy Metformin online

It is simple to buy Metformin online at HealthExpress. All that we ask is that you fill in our online consultation, which is quick and free, so our doctor can verify your suitability for this medication. If metformin is considered to be safe for you based on your medical history, a prescription will be issued and then dispensed from our pharmacy. With a choice of same-day or next-day delivery, you can be confident that you will receive your medication as soon as possible.

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