Not Medical Advice: Pill imprint IP 178 has been identified as Metformin hydrochloride extended release 500 mg.
Metformin is used to treat high blood sugar levels that are caused by a type of diabetes mellitus or sugar diabetes called type 2 diabetes. With this type of diabetes, insulin produced by the pancreas is not capable to get sugar into the cells of the body where it can work properly.
Using metformin alone, with a type of oral antidiabetic drug called a sulfonylurea, or with insulin, will aid to lower blood sugar when it is too high and help restore the way you use food to make energy.
Once a drug has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience might show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Though this use is not included in product labeling, metformin is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
This product is available in the following dosage forms:
- Tablet, Extended Release
US Brand Name: Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Riomet.