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Old 12-31-2013, 22:37   #1
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Is there a difference between metformin er and metformin er ( osmotic) tabs?

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Probably you mean metformin (not extended release) and metformin ER/XR (extended release.)

Yes - extended release is easier on your system, and is more easily taken once/day vs 2/3x/day.

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I was on metformin er, now I'm on metformin er (osmotic ) tabs. I just don't know what osmotic means. I get my meds shipped to me so I was unaware of the change.

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Then your doctor is the one to ask - if he made the changes or if the pharmacy made them. Somebody needs to be accountable for changing something that didn't need to be 'fixed'. Do these new tabs look any different than your old ones?

I don't know what osmotic means either, but I bet Google knows.




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Osmotic just means time-released - they're the same thing.

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The darn pharmacy thinks its different since they charged me $36.00 for a 90 day supply instead of my usual $13.00 I do need to get a hold of my dr and get it changed!

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Well, the pharmacy is surely righter than I am. I was trying to see what the differences are, but am having some trouble with my eyesight so unable to read the fine print as it were. Looks like maybe a different type release, they say once/daily but that's how often I took my ER so not sure what the great benefit is. This is what I couldn't read, but you can research it a little online: FORMULATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF EXTENDED RELEASE OF METFORMIN HCL TABLETS BY OSMOTIC TECHNOLOGY

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Thank you for the info!

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Don't know if you have tried the regular metformin, $4.00 / month Walmart. I don't know what they do the extended release for.

I see we're neighbors. I'm about 12 miles north of Ashdown.

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A lot of people have trouble with the regular met, me among them. There is benefit to slower release, and my (former) endo said that extended release is all he prescribes. It's the hosp that gave me the regular met.

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9/8/11 .... 5.6 . . . . . . . No meds, No statin
2/24/16 .... basal/bolus insulin 2-3 days/wk due to steroids

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