Compare metformin vs. Novolog

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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.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 938 reviewsformetformin
Lowers blood sugar.

Novolog (insulin aspart) is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time blood sugar control. For long-term control, you'll need to take Novolog (insulin aspart) with other medicines to keep your overall blood sugar down.

3.5/ 5 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.
  • When used correctly, this medication will l lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful, long-term effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • You can easily change the dose of Novolog (insulin aspart) to fit your individual needs.
  • Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
  • Can use Novolog (insulin aspart) even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike many 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.
  • Have to take insulin by injection.
  • Might have to check your blood sugar multiple times a day, usually before each meal.
  • Novolog (insulin aspart) is likely to cause moderate weight gain.
  • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes compared to other kinds of diabetes medications.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Reviews
938 reviews so far
65%
saidit'sworth it
46%
saiditworked well
16%
saidit'sa big hassle

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177 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
46%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big 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 risk factors
  • Excess lactic acid in the blood
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Using contrast dye for procedures
    • Surgery
    • Alcohol use
  • Low vitamin B12 levels
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  • Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques
    • Changes in meal pattern or exercise
    • Kidney problems
    • Liver problems
  • Complications due to low potassium
    • Use of medications that lower potassium
    • Current imbalance of electrolytes
  • Severe allergic reactions
    • Allergy to insulin
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