Metformin HCL Patient Assistance Programs

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Metformin, or metformin HCL, is the generic name for several prescription medications used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Meformin is administered orally in liquid, tablet, and extend-release forms. The liquid is taken once or twice a day with food, while the tablet is taken two to three times daily with food, and the extended-release form is taken once daily, usually in the evening, with food. Metformin helps control blood sugar levels. It lowers the amount of glucose that the body makes on its own, as well as the amount absorbed from food and beverages. The drug may also be used along with insulin and other medications.[1]

Metformin HCL patient assistance programs help patients who cannot otherwise afford their medications. These programs provide free or discounted medication to qualifying individuals. Drug savings plans may cover the generic version of metformin or one of its brand name products.


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Generic name for Fortamet®, Glucophage®, Glucophage® XR, Glumetza®, Riomet®[2]
Manufacturer Various; Ranbaxy Laboratories, Inc., Shionogi Pharma, Inc., Santarus, Inc., etc.
Available through RX Outreach, Xubex, brand name manufacturers[3]
Phone 800-769-3880 (RX Outreach), 866-699-8239 (Xubex)[3]
Eligibility Varies; usually patients must be U.S. residents, have no prescription drug coverage, and meet certain income requirements
Benefits Free or discounted metformin
Disclaimer The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.
Author Allison Hughes


Metformin HCL Information

Metformin is the generic name for the prescription medications Fortamet®, Glucophage®, Glucophage® XR, Glumetza®, and Riomet®.[1] It is used alongside proper diet and exercise to control high blood sugar in patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Metformin is a biguanides, and works by helping restore a body's ability to respond properly to insulin. It also helps lower the amounts of sugar made by the liver, and that stomach and intestines absorb.[1]

Metformin is available in 500mg, 850mg, and 1000mg tablets.

About Patient Assistance Programs

How to get discounts on drugs like metformin from patient assistance programs

Metformin HCL Patient Assistance Programs

  • Rx Outreach Medications sells discounted metformin tablets to those who make no more than 300% of the federal poverty level. Patients may have prescription drug coverage, including Medicare Part D. The program phone number is 800-769-3880, or the application may be downloaded from their website.
  • Xubex Patient Assistance Program offers metformin. There are no restrictions regarding income or insurance coverage, and patients may access the application online or by calling 866-699-8239.[4]
  • The Walgreens Prescription Savings Club provides discounted medication to members on thousands of generics and brand name medications, including metformin. It costs $20 a year for individuals and $35 a year for families. Additional benefits are also available.[5]

The brand name versions of the medication also offer a variety of patient assistance and savings opportunities. For example:


  • Riomet® offers a printable coupon on its official website for $35 off the co-pay or pharmacy bill of a 16-ounce bottle of Rioment.
  • Free samples of Riomet® may also be available to doctors by calling 888-350-7450. They can then dispense the medication to their patients free of charge in order to determine if it is the proper treatment option.


  • Glumetza® offers an Instant Savings Program voucher, good for a $10 co-pay through most commercial insurance providers. In order to get the discount, the pharmacy must participate in the eVoucher Rx Program. No coupon or voucher is required at these pharmacies, only a valid prescription. Some of the participating pharmacies include Wegmans, Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Target, Sam's Club, and Sav-On. The reimbursement works as follows: patients with co-pays higher than $10 will only pay $10 up to $100. After that, they will be responsible for $10 and any amount over $100.[6]


  • Xubex Pharmaceuticals offers a co-pay program for Fortamet®.[4] The program covers part or all of the co-pay amount. In order to be eligible, patients must not have Medicare, Medicaid, or any other state or federal coverage, must have coverage under an employer or individual plan, and must not live in Massachusetts.[7]

Also See: Patient Assistance Programs, Metformin Coupons, Drug Coupons, Free Drug Samples, Metformin Side Effects, Insulin and Alzheimer's, Eli Lilly Patient Assistance Programs, Merck Patient Assistance Programs, Metformin and Pregnancy, Diabetes Coupons



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