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Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

How to buy Metformin

Metformin tablets can be obtained from a pharmacy or chemist when you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and received a prescription from a registered doctor. In order to get a prescription, you would need to attend a doctor's appointment. This can be quite time-consuming as you will need to travel to your local practice to meet with a doctor before visiting the pharmacy or chemist to collect your medication.

Alternatively you can buy Metformin tablets quickly and securely online here at Medilico. This clinically proven medication can be purchased after completing a simple and confidential online consultation. This consultation is reviewed by our team of UK registered doctors so they can guarantee that the treatment you have chosen to buy, as well as the dosage you've selected, are suitable and effective for you to take when treating your particular requirements when treating type 2 diabetes. After your consultation form has been carefully reviewed and approved your order of Metformin tablets will be packaged and then dispatched for delivery from our UK pharmacy.

You may be eligible for our same-day delivery service if your order is being delivered to a London postcode and if you secure this purchase before 4:30 pm. If not, your medication will be delivered via our next day delivery service.

We also provide a helpful reminder service where you'll be reminded when to buy your next batch of Metformin tablets. This ensures that you can continue to successfully control your type 2 diabetes.

Is it safe to order online?

When ordering from a certified online pharmacy, you can be ensured that your medication is safe. If the pharmacy doesn't ask you to complete essential health and medical question, however, this is a telltale sign that the website isn't certified. The website should also display clear signs that it is registered and approved by the relevant authorities. In the UK, this includes being registered by the MHRA and GMC.

All medication will be delivered in tamper proof packaging complete with the full patient leaflet, which confirms that the medication is clinically proven and highly effective.

What is included in the price?

When ordering Metformin online here at Medilico, this is an all-inclusive price including the prescription, consultation, medication and delivery. There are no hidden costs. The price adjusts depending on the dosage and quantity you have ordered.

Can you buy without a prescription?

No. When you buy Metformin tablets, you will need a prescription. This is the same whether it's online or in person as it is mandatory for clinically proven medication in Britain as this means it has been approved by a qualified UK medical professional.

A prescription for this medication can be obtained for free after you complete your online consultation form when placing your order. The prescription itself is provided by a member of our team of UK registered doctors after your consultation form has been reviewed and approved. The purpose of receiving a prescription before you can successfully buy this medication is that it will ensure that the treatment you have selected, as well as the dosage, are suitable for you to take when treating your type 2 diabetes. When you receive your prescription for Metformin it will include the recommended dose that you should take (i.e. 500mg or 850mg). The prescription we provide is unique to you and your particular needs and requirements when treating your type 2 diabetes.

What is Metformin?

Metformin (Glucophage) is a highly effective and clinically proven treatment that you can buy online to successfully manage type 2 diabetes. This prescription medication belongs to a group of medicines called biguanides and is taken orally on a daily basis in the form of a standard tablet (500mg or 850mg) or as a modified-release tablet (500mg, 750mg or 1000mg). It manages type 2 diabetes by controlling sugar levels in the blood and by influencing insulin production.

On top of being an impressive treatment for type 2 diabetes, Metformin can also encourage these benefits:

  • Lowers LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)
  • Increases HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol)
  • Has anti-ageing capabilities – can slow down the ageing process
  • Is a combination antidiabetic – can be used in combination with other antidiabetic treatments
  • Reduces the risk of certain cancers
  • Aids weight loss
  • Increases cellular immunity – individuals prone to chronic infections have seen less tumour growth according to multiple studies

How does Metformin work?

Metformin is an antidiabetic drug containing the active ingredient metformin hydrochloride, which can control blood sugar levels in a number of ways in order to manage type 2 diabetes. This medication manages this condition by decreasing the levels of sugar (or glucose) that enter into your blood in three different ways:

  • Inhibits glucose produced from food during a meal and after a meal
  • Increases muscle cells' sensitivity to insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas that encourages the body to take in glucose from your blood)
  • Lowers the levels of glucose produced by the liver, ensuring cells can remove sugar from blood far more effectively

Metformin can successfully control blood sugar levels and respond to a low amount of insulin produced in the body when used alongside other medications or on its own.

How to take Metformin tablets

Standard Metformin film-coated tablets are taken orally in 500mg or 850mg dosages. One tablet should be taken two to three times a day as specified in your prescription which is provided by one of our UK registered doctors after they review your online consultation form. This goes for both doses of Metformin when taken by a man or woman above the age of 18 to treat type 2 diabetes. Any adult taking this treatment should never exceed a total of 3,000mg (a combination of three separate doses) in one day. According to the dosage you're prescribed, these are the instructions that should be adhered to:

  • 1 dose per day - Take one 500mg / 850mg tablet in the morning (breakfast)
  • 2 divided doses per day - Take one 500mg / 850mg tablet in the morning (breakfast) and one in the evening (dinner)
  • 3 divided doses per day - Take one 500mg / 850mg tablet in the morning (breakfast), one at noon (lunch) and one in the evening (dinner)

Alternatively, the doctor may prescribe modified-release tablets. These are available in the dosages 500 mg, 750 mg and 1000mg. The major difference between these and the standard tablets is that MR tablets only need to be taken once daily. It is recommended to take them at the same in the evening with a meal. For further instructions, please consult the patient leaflet that comes with your order.

Taking Metformin tablets correctly

In order to take Metformin tablets correctly each tablet should be taken during or after a meal. This avoids any effects to your digestion, which is a possible side effect of taking this medication. Metformin tablets should also be swallowed whole as opposed to chewed or crushed. If you miss a dose you should never take a double dose to make up for it. Instead, it is recommended that you wait and take your next as scheduled and continue the treatment as normal.

This treatment should not be taken to treat cases of type 1 diabetes because insulin injections will likely still be required. Metformin tablets should not be taken after their expiry date, which is visible on the carton containing the pills and on the blister after 'EXP'.

Whilst taking this medication you will need to get your blood sugar levels tested regularly by visiting your doctor regularly. Your doctor should check your kidney function at least once a year when taking Metformin tablets to treat your type 2 diabetes. These checks will need to be more frequent for elderly individuals or for patients who are experiencing kidney issues.

If you feel that the dose you have been prescribed is too weak or too strong you can talk to a doctor to discuss the possibility of buying a different dosage.


Whilst Metformin tablets do not come with any special requirements when it comes to storage, it should be kept out of the reach and sight of children. Also, when disposing of these tablets you should avoid household waste in order to help protect the environment. You can talk to your local pharmacist to discuss the best way to dispose of your medicine after it is no longer required.

Metformin Side Effects

Just like other prescription medications, Metformin tablets do come with a risk of possible side effects. The side effects associated with this treatment are likely to only be mild if they even occur at all.

Some of the common side effects that could occur when taking Metformin tablets include nausea, diarrhoea, stomach pain, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, constipation, heartburn and bloating.

Some rare side effects that may occur when taking Metformin tablets can include lactic acidosis (increased levels of lactic acid in blood), drowsiness, restlessness when sleeping, behavioural changes or difficulty concentrating. If you happen to experience any of these exceptionally rare side effects or if they persist you should seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible.

Metformin Precautions

Before you decide to buy Metformin tablets online it's important that you carefully consider the precautions that should be taken into account when taking Metformin tablets. The precautions for this type 2 diabetes treatment are as follows:

  • If you're allergic (or hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients found in Metformin pills.
  • If you're currently dealing with conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, ketoacidosis or severe hyperglycaemia.
  • If you're currently experiencing issues with your liver or kidneys, as kidney issues can potentially cause lactic acidosis.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided when taking this treatment.
  • Metformin shouldn't be taken during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.
  • The shells of Metformin capsules can potentially pass into your faeces, but this considered to be normal when taking this medication.
  • If you're dealing with an infection that is affecting your lungs, kidneys or bronchial system.
  • If you are being treated for heart failure, have recently had a heart attack, have severe circulation issues or are having breathing difficulties.

If you are currently dealing with a condition that isn't mentioned in the list above you should include them when you fill out your online consultation form. Before you buy any Metformin pills you should seek medical advice from your doctor if you are due to have a major surgery or if you require an examination (e.g. an X-ray or a scan involving the injection of iodine into your bloodstream).

Other medication interactions

Before you begin taking Metformin tablets there are a number of medical interactions that should be carefully considered in order to ensure your safety. This is particularly the case for medicines such as:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (treatment for conditions such as heart failure and high blood pressure)
  • Diuretics (removes water from the body by increasing urine production)
  • Beta-2 agonists (treats asthma, e.g. salbutamol)
  • Corticosteroids (treats multiple conditions, e.g. asthma and severe inflammation of the skin)

If you're currently taking any of the medications listed above or are taking any medications that aren't included you should mention them when you fill out your online consultation form. The purpose of this is that our doctors can ensure your safety before they provide you with a prescription for Metformin tablets.

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