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Definition of Metformin
A biguanide with antihyperglycemic activity. metformin hydrochloride exerts its action by improving hepatic sensitivity to insulin, thereby suppressing hepatic glucose production and increasing hepatic glycogen stores. In addition, metformin hydrochloride increases the number and/or affinity of insulin receptors on cell surface membranes in muscle and adipose tissue, thereby increasing the sensitivity to insulin at receptor and post-receptor binding sites and increasing glucose uptake peripherally.

Metformin is from the group

Anti-diabetic Agent

Other Names for Metformin

N,N-Dimethylimidodicarbonimidic Diamide


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