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Do I always have to take metformin with food?

You should always take your metformin (Glucophage, Fortamet) with a meal, unless your doctor has given you different instructions. Your doctor may start you on a low dose of metformin, which is used to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and then gradually increase your dose. You should check your blood sugar regularly so that you and your doctor can tell how well your medication is working.

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