Which medications in the drug class Biguanides are used in the treatment of Glucose Intolerance?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Biguanides

These agents improve peripheral glucose uptake and utilization.

Metformin (Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Fortamet, Glumetza, Riomet)

Metformin reduces insulin resistance (ie, metformin is an insulin sensitizer). Hepatic glucose output is decreased; peripheral insulin-stimulated uptake is increased.


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