Online type 2 diabetes medication with a doctor you choose

Metformin is a medication that can be prescribed alone or with additional medications to help manage type 2 diabetes. Partner with a HealthTap doctor to see if metformin is right for you. Get started today and schedule an appointment with the primary care doctor of your choice.

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  2. Make your video visit with a HealthTap doctor licensed in your state
  3. If your doctor prescribes medication for you, HealthTap will send your prescription to the local or mail-order pharmacy of your choice
*If lab tests are ordered, you can make an in-person visit to one of our partner labs to do the tests and pay the lab fees.

Learn more about how Metformin can treat Type 2 Diabetes and what the side effects are of taking Metformin.

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Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Frequently asked questions

Can you buy metformin over-the-counter?

No. Metformin must be prescribed by a doctor. Your doctor can decide if metformin is the right prescription for you based on your health history, current condition, allergies, etc.

Is metformin HCL the same as metformin?

Yes. Metformin HCL stands for metformin hydrochloride, a name usually shortened to metformin.

How do you take metformin?

Metformin is taken by the mouth; its frequency is as directed by your physician. Metformin is usually taken 1-3 times a day with food, depending on the type of metformin medication and your doctor's instructions. It should be taken at about the same time every day, and be accompanied with food and fluids unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

What are some common brand names of metformin?

  • Fortamet
  • Glucophage
  • Glumetza
  • Riomet

Note: if you are already taking metformin, ask your pharmacist if the pills you received are among the batches that got recalled, or check this list of manufacturers to see if you should return your pills and refill your prescription.

What are some brand name combination prescriptions that contain metformin?

  • Actoplus Met - metformin, pioglitazone
  • Avandamet - metformin, rosiglitazone
  • Glucovance (discontinued) - glyburide, metformin (discontinued)
  • Invokamet - canagliflozin, metformin
  • Janumet - metformin, sitagliptin
  • Jentadueto - linagliptin, metformin
  • Kazano - alogliptin, metformin
  • Kombiglyze XR - metformin, saxagliptin
  • Metaglip (discontinued) - glipizide, metformin
  • Prandimet - metformin, repaglinide
  • Qternmet XR - dapagliflozin, metformin, saxagliptin
  • Segluromet - ertugliflozin, metformin
  • Synjardy - empagliflozin, metformin
  • Trijardy XR - empagliflozin, linagliptin, metformin
  • Xigduo XR - dapagliflozin, metformin

What are the possible side effects of metformin?

In most cases metformin side effects tend to be mild. A person may experience the side effects such as:

  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Metallic taste in your mouth
  • Gas, bloating, flatulence
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Nail changes
  • Muscle pain
  • Low blood sugar
  • Lactic acidosis

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Type 2 diabetes medications prescribed online

Prescriptions such as metformin are not available without first seeing a doctor. There are no over-the-counter diabetes medications available. HealthTap doctors are online to help you diagnose, treat, and manage your type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes medications may include:

  • Metformin
  • Forxiga
  • Trulicity
  • Invokana
  • Jardiance
  • Novolog
  • Glimepiride
  • Tresiba
  • Glyburide
  • Invokamet
  • Insulin
  • Glipizide

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Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Dr. Rutledge is a double-board certified physician who practiced and taught medicine for more than 25 years. He attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSD, and was certified by the boards of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He earned a PhD in medical computer science from Stanford, was an NIH-funded researcher, and served on clinical and teaching faculty at Harvard, Stanford, and UCSD medical schools. Before co-founding HealthTap, he created the first consumer health website and PHR at Healtheon/WebMD, was SVP of clinical transformation at First Consulting Group, CMIO at San Mateo Medical Center, and EVP, Product Development and Chief Medical Officer at Epocrates.