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What is Glucophage?

Glucophage (metformin) is a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. People with this disease are less sensitive to insulin, which the body uses to control levels of blood sugar (glucose). If blood sugar stays too high for a prolonged period, it can seriously damage blood vessels and the heart and other organs.

Glucophage works by increasing a person's sensitivity to insulin. It also decreases the amount of glucose a person absorbs from food and the amount of glucose produced by the liver.

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