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Can I take metformin with insulin for my type 2 diabetes?

Metformin (Glucophage, Fortamet) is a prescription medication that helps to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. If you have this condition and are 17 or older and take insulin, your doctor may decide to add metformin to your therapy. You'll probably start on a low dose of metformin while continuing your regular dose of insulin. Your doctor may increase your dose of metformin if necessary until your blood sugar levels are under control. He or your pharmacist can tell you more about how metformin and insulin work together.

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