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Is my metformin tablet working if it sometimes shows up in the toilet?

If you're taking extended-release metformin tablets for type 2 diabetes, the shell of the tablet may show up in your stool. If this happens, know that it does not affect the way the medication works. By the time the shell reaches the toilet, the medicine inside will be in your body. For more reassurance, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how extended-release metformin tablets work.

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