Compare metformin vs. Novolog

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Glucophage (metformin)

Prescription only

Novolog (Insulin Aspart)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Glucophage (metformin) is the first choice medicine to control your blood sugar and lower the risk of death from diabetes, although a few people may not tolerate the stomach side effects.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 938 reviewsformetformin
Lowers blood sugar.

Novolog is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 177 reviewsforNovolog
Upsides
  • Improves sugar control and lowers A1c levels as much as 2%.
  • One of the few diabetes medicines that lowers the risk of death from diabetes-related complications.
  • Doesn't cause weight gain.
  • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
  • Insulin is the most effective blood sugar-lowering medicine. When used correctly, it'll lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • Novolog is a fast-acting insulin that provides sugar control after meals.
  • Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body.
  • Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
Downsides
  • Often causes stomach upset, like diarrhea, nausea, gas, or stomach cramping.
  • Usually not a good choice for people with kidney problems. Your doctor will tell you if Glucophage (metformin) is right for you to take.
  • Excessive or chronic alcohol use can increase the risk of a dangerous side effect.
  • You have to take insulin by injection.
  • You have to check your blood sugar multiple times every day, usually before each meal.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of diabetes medicines.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Reviews
938 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
46%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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177 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
46%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    53%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    26%
  • Gas
    12%
  • Weakness
    9%
  • Indigestion
    7%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Headache
    6%
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The Novolog (Insulin Aspart) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Excess lactic acid in the blood

    Kidney problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

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  • Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)

    Insulin dose too high

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Complications due to low potassium

    Use of other medicine that lowers potassium

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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