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I was prescribed Metformin by my physician to try and help with weight issues and insulin. So far the impact is negligable.

However, I got a one month supply from my pharmacy and it was a 500mg round pill with a Z stamped on one side and a 70 stamped on the other. It did have sort of a funny smell like someone here mentioned. It said on the bottle that it was metformin and did not say it was a generic. Today, I got my three month supply from Express Scripts. It also says it is not generic. However, it is a long capsule shaped pill with MEt stamped on one side and APO500 on the other. What is the difference????
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Maybe zydus?

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Metformin Hydrochloride Tablets , 500 mg
Generic for Glucophage. White to off-white, round shaped, film coated tablets debossed with the logo of 'Z' on one side and 70 on the other side.
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Huh......that is exactly it. I thought they had to write on the bottle when it was generic. Interesting. Thanks barko.
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It all depends upon the manufacturer Nancy. Mine are 1000mg pills and are oval, says nothing on one side, and the other side has a grove in the center and GP 123. I get mine from WalMart and the manufacturer is Sandoz. When I was getting mine from RX Outreach, I would get one of two different manufacturers. One started with a T and I forget the other one. All being oval shaped. I MAY have had round ones with my first prescription of the 500 mg pill, but that was almost 2 years ago, and the memory has faded! LOL

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[ A1c ]
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By the way, Metformin IS generic ... generic for Glucophage, which is the "Brand" name for Metformin.

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Age: 46
Type 2 - Dx'd 08.16.05
•••
[ A1c ]
6.9 - 01/07
6.0 - 05/07
5.9 - 09/07
6.4 - 03/08
6.4 - 10/08
6.9 - 03/09
[ Meter ]
Contour
[ Meds ]
Metformin 1000mg 2x, Novolin N 30u 2x, Novolin R 1:10
Lisinopril 20mg 1x, Simvastatin 40mg 1x, Aspirin 81mg 1x
Tramadol 50mg 2 tabs 3x, Gabapentin 300mg 3x
[ Other Conditions ]
Coccidioidomycosis aka Valley Fever Dx'd 1.17.94
- Asthma
- Chronic Bronchitis
Hypertention
Hyperlipidemia
Neuropathy



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my metformin tab has 93 on one side and 43 on the other.i think it just depends on which company makes the tablet.my tablet tastes odd but it is a long oval shape.but i will asume you and me are on the same 500 tablet made by diffrent companys.i think this is the diffrence.oh and i discused with my specialist metformin yesterday and it is front line when first diagnosed with diabetes.she said it was one of the oldest used drugs and no one understands why it works?which is quite scary that even the specialists are guessing as to why metformin works...any way its one of these mysteries...love noogsy
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ahhhhhhhh ...learn something new every day. THANKS
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I get mine from Medco and it says Mfg: APOTEX on the bottle. The pill is long, with curved ends (not oval) says APO850 on one side, nothing on the other. Last time I got my order of Simvastin, I dumped the bottle into the old bottle which was not used yet, before I noticed they were different. The old ones were pinkish, shield shaped, the new ones the same color, but round. I sometimes worry about getting my pills mail order because of this, there is no one to ask if there has been a mistake.
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Most metformin sold in the US by health care providers are generic, made by several companies outside the US, mainly India. Each one looks different. I guess there are no restrictions on that.
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What does it look like to me? Money and lots of it! ;)

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What does it look like to me? Money and lots of it! ;)


Not really, you can get up to 60 pills [30 day supply @ 2 a day] for $4 a pop at WalMart! Metformin is the cheapest item on my Diabetes Menu :wink: If only everything else were that cheap!!

.: Melissa :.

Age: 46
Type 2 - Dx'd 08.16.05
•••
[ A1c ]
6.9 - 01/07
6.0 - 05/07
5.9 - 09/07
6.4 - 03/08
6.4 - 10/08
6.9 - 03/09
[ Meter ]
Contour
[ Meds ]
Metformin 1000mg 2x, Novolin N 30u 2x, Novolin R 1:10
Lisinopril 20mg 1x, Simvastatin 40mg 1x, Aspirin 81mg 1x
Tramadol 50mg 2 tabs 3x, Gabapentin 300mg 3x
[ Other Conditions ]
Coccidioidomycosis aka Valley Fever Dx'd 1.17.94
- Asthma
- Chronic Bronchitis
Hypertention
Hyperlipidemia
Neuropathy



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Again ... Metformin IS a generic med.
Generic for Glucophage.

.: Melissa :.

Age: 46
Type 2 - Dx'd 08.16.05
•••
[ A1c ]
6.9 - 01/07
6.0 - 05/07
5.9 - 09/07
6.4 - 03/08
6.4 - 10/08
6.9 - 03/09
[ Meter ]
Contour
[ Meds ]
Metformin 1000mg 2x, Novolin N 30u 2x, Novolin R 1:10
Lisinopril 20mg 1x, Simvastatin 40mg 1x, Aspirin 81mg 1x
Tramadol 50mg 2 tabs 3x, Gabapentin 300mg 3x
[ Other Conditions ]
Coccidioidomycosis aka Valley Fever Dx'd 1.17.94
- Asthma
- Chronic Bronchitis
Hypertention
Hyperlipidemia
Neuropathy



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I get mine from Medco and it says Mfg: APOTEX on the bottle. The pill is long, with curved ends (not oval) says APO850 on one side, nothing on the other. Last time I got my order of Simvastin, I dumped the bottle into the old bottle which was not used yet, before I noticed they were different. The old ones were pinkish, shield shaped, the new ones the same color, but round. I sometimes worry about getting my pills mail order because of this, there is no one to ask if there has been a mistake.


yes, OBLONG would have been a better description, but the word wouldn't come to my brain at that moment! LOL [must be all that pop cap smoke I inhaled as a child!! LOL]

.: Melissa :.

Age: 46
Type 2 - Dx'd 08.16.05
•••
[ A1c ]
6.9 - 01/07
6.0 - 05/07
5.9 - 09/07
6.4 - 03/08
6.4 - 10/08
6.9 - 03/09
[ Meter ]
Contour
[ Meds ]
Metformin 1000mg 2x, Novolin N 30u 2x, Novolin R 1:10
Lisinopril 20mg 1x, Simvastatin 40mg 1x, Aspirin 81mg 1x
Tramadol 50mg 2 tabs 3x, Gabapentin 300mg 3x
[ Other Conditions ]
Coccidioidomycosis aka Valley Fever Dx'd 1.17.94
- Asthma
- Chronic Bronchitis
Hypertention
Hyperlipidemia
Neuropathy



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yes, OBLONG would have been a better description, but the word wouldn't come to my brain at that moment! LOL [must be all that pop cap smoke I inhaled as a child!! LOL]


I couldn't think of "oblong" either! I have been inhaling that smoke for a lot longer than you have.:D
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Mine is Metformin HC 1000 mg and is white and oblong and says APO1000 on one side. The back side is blank other than the scored line to "divide" it in half.
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I couldn't think of "oblong" either! I have been inhaling that smoke for a lot longer than you have.:D


ROFLMAO - hillarious Penny!!

.: Melissa :.

Age: 46
Type 2 - Dx'd 08.16.05
•••
[ A1c ]
6.9 - 01/07
6.0 - 05/07
5.9 - 09/07
6.4 - 03/08
6.4 - 10/08
6.9 - 03/09
[ Meter ]
Contour
[ Meds ]
Metformin 1000mg 2x, Novolin N 30u 2x, Novolin R 1:10
Lisinopril 20mg 1x, Simvastatin 40mg 1x, Aspirin 81mg 1x
Tramadol 50mg 2 tabs 3x, Gabapentin 300mg 3x
[ Other Conditions ]
Coccidioidomycosis aka Valley Fever Dx'd 1.17.94
- Asthma
- Chronic Bronchitis
Hypertention
Hyperlipidemia
Neuropathy



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Funny you posted this question Nancy.

For 4 years I have gotten the oval pills. One side says MET, the other apo500.

The bottle I just picked up on Monday contains round pills and they smell like fish food and makes my stomach turn. I compared bottles and the manufacturers are different. I'm going by the pharmacy today. I want to know why after 4 years I was switched to this manufacturer, and I want to know if I can return the new bottle and go back to the old one.

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My 500 mg is round, scored, has an "M" on one side and "234" on the opposite side. Until I read these threads, I NEVER noticed a funny smell. However, if you will put your meds in one of the "weekly pill holders," that smell is not at all noticeable.

If you want to smell "fishy," the fish-oil tablets will do that, for sure...they are huge and stinky...but work wonders for the cholesterol.

Try the pill minder and see if it helps alleviate the smell.

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Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.


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My 500 mg is round, scored, has an "M" on one side and "234" on the opposite side. Until I read these threads, I NEVER noticed a funny smell. However, if you will put your meds in one of the "weekly pill holders," that smell is not at all noticeable.

If you want to smell "fishy," the fish-oil tablets will do that, for sure...they are huge and stinky...but work wonders for the cholesterol. Try the pill minder and see if it helps alleviate the smell.


Ha Ha, that reminded me of a question I'd recently asked my Mom. She suggested I start taking the fish-oil for my cholesterol, and I asked her if it would make me smell like a fish, yanno, like they say if you take a lot of garlic, you'll reek of garlic ..... cuz if it did, then there would be no way in hell I'd be taking that stuff! LOL She reassured me that, no, I would not smell like a fish, she and dad take them and they don't smell like fish! *giggles*

.: Melissa :.

Age: 46
Type 2 - Dx'd 08.16.05
•••
[ A1c ]
6.9 - 01/07
6.0 - 05/07
5.9 - 09/07
6.4 - 03/08
6.4 - 10/08
6.9 - 03/09
[ Meter ]
Contour
[ Meds ]
Metformin 1000mg 2x, Novolin N 30u 2x, Novolin R 1:10
Lisinopril 20mg 1x, Simvastatin 40mg 1x, Aspirin 81mg 1x
Tramadol 50mg 2 tabs 3x, Gabapentin 300mg 3x
[ Other Conditions ]
Coccidioidomycosis aka Valley Fever Dx'd 1.17.94
- Asthma
- Chronic Bronchitis
Hypertention
Hyperlipidemia
Neuropathy



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My daughter used to use fish oil pills and she burped fish all day. Grossed her out and she stopped using it.

My new Metformin doesn't have that fish food smell. The old round ones did. However, the new ones turn my stomach and the old one didn't. Weird.
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