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What does your Metformin look like?

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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?

 

ZydusUSA :: Business Partners

 

Click on the "zoom" link to see the larger image there.

 

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

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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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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.

JayP

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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!!

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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]

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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!!

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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.

 

Karen

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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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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 heck 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*

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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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Huh......that is exactly it. I thought they had to write on the bottle when it was generic. Interesting. Thanks barko.

Your doctor probably wrote the script for "Metformin," which is already the generic name. Had your doctor written for "Glucophage" they would have to say that they substituted the generic.

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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.

 

eW eW eW that would surely make me PUKE!!! BLECH I'd quit taking them too!! Altho, I've yet to start. I think I'm a bit weary of things like what you just mentioned! LOL

 

Now the tummy turning thing, that could be due to the "fillers" that different pharmaceutical companies use in thier meds. The "main" ingredient is all the same, but the fillers often are not and different people react differently to those fillers.

 

I've taken two or three different brands of Metformin, and altho all of them have given me the "tummy troulbes" from time to time, none of it's been constant, nor that bothersome. Maybe happens a day or so a week. I can deal! LOL

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Anytime you have ANY doubts about a medication ASK!!!! Mistakes do happen whether you get your prescriptions from the pharmacy or thru mail order. If your pills look different call someone. I get most of my meds thru mail order and when I received a refill that looked different from the old one I called them and was told that there had been a change but it was the right medication. Don't take anything for granted. A mistake could be fatal!

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Good point Peggy. I did know that this was Metformin because it said MET on the pill. But honestly, I had no clue that it was generic. Like I said....learn something new every day.

 

Your point is well taken.

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Hello, I am new to the forum, but not metformin. I have been taking it since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1998. Metformin has always worked well for me until recently; the metformin I took before was oblong and I am unsure of the writing on it, but I never had a problem. Now my metformin is like the ones you have described, has this caused you blood sugar to rise? I checked mine before I took the pill and then I waited about 30 minutes after I took the pill and my blood sugar was about 30 points higher. I contacted my pharmacy and all they could tell me was they buy the pills wholesale so the manufacturer is unknown to them and the pills should all be the same; the fillers might be different. I do not understand how pills that are the same all of a sudden do not work. Any suggestions?

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