Pharmacy

Pharmacy questions? Ask a pharmacist online.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I am trying to find a generic (or brand) company that has…

Customer Question
I am trying to find...
I am trying to find a generic (or brand) company that has metformin ER in a pill that is NOT a "ghost pill/casing" that comes out as solid in stool. I was on squibb's in the past; it came out solid. I was recenlty on Lupin's osmotic and that was great (dissolved) but now my insurance refuses to cover it and I can't afford it. I am trying to find one that dissolves. Thanks!
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Pharmacy
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Pharmacy Question
Answered in 47 minutes by:
2/23/2016
Pharmacist: Dr. C. Rollins, Pharm. D. replied 2 years ago
Dr. C. Rollins
Dr. C. Rollins, Pharm. D.
Category: Pharmacy
Satisfied Customers: 1,103
Experience: Knowledge in hormone replacement therapy, pediatrics, compounding, long term care, retail, hospice, etc.
Verified

The osmotic forms brand name is ***** ***** comes in two strengths ER 500mg and ER 1000mg. The 1000 mg is much more expensive and I 'm assuming that this is the strength you were on. If so try to get a prescription for the 500mg and double the dose. Even if it's not covered it should not be too expensive on cash price for the 500mg strength. Hopefully this fully answers your question. Once satisfied please rate my answer. Thanks.

Ask Your Own Pharmacy Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I'm sorry I did t mention the dose. No, I am on the 500, I will soon go to the 1000. Either way, the fortamet is outrageous and the only generic, from Lupin, is also too expensive (for 30-500 mg the lowest I've found is about $90.). So I'm searching for that product less (ideally), OR I have no choice but to go off osmotic, back to regular delivery ER-problem is I now have GI issues (diverticulosis, they want to do sigmoid resection whenever I chose to do it; inflammation, colitis, IBS, etc). I need to find one that doesn't stay solid all the way thru. The metformin ERfrom Squibb did, someone else said the one from Anmeal did. Many companies make it, I need to find one that doesn't use a casing/ghost pill delivery system so it may dissolve. Please help me! Thanks.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The one from Teva also reportedly comes thru solid.
Pharmacist: Dr. C. Rollins, Pharm. D. replied 2 years ago

I will get some pricing for you tomorrow at my work.

Ask Your Own Pharmacy Question
Pharmacist: Dr. C. Rollins, Pharm. D. replied 2 years ago

I looked into pricing. The medication is expensive that you are wanting to find. I would suggest none ER metformin if that is an option for you.

Ask Your Own Pharmacy Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No, I need the ER. Can u find ANY generic metformin ER that does not use the "ghost pill/casing".? Perhaps try and find out from your sources; colleagues, message boards etc, which one may actually dissolve & not remain solid. The generics are cheap and not everyone has them come out solid...so what happens to them? They do dissolve... I just don't know which generic. thank you!!! I appreciate your help. I really can't go off the ERs.
Pharmacist: Dr. C. Rollins, Pharm. D. replied 2 years ago

I will explain the three type of Metformin that are ER. The osmotic release tablet you are referring to is Fortamet and only has one generic available that is very expensive made by Lupin. So if that is the only one you can take then that is your only option. Glumetza uses a MOD (modified release mechanism) to release the active ingredient and does come out in the feces. It is also expensive. The third type is Glucophage XR it comes generic and uses a polymer matrix system to release the active ingredients and may have inactives come out in the feces. This form is very affordable and has several generic companies that make it. Hopefully this fully answers your question. Once satisfied please rate my answer. Thanks.

Ask Your Own Pharmacy Question
Pharmacist: Dr. C. Rollins, Pharm. D. replied 2 years ago

Checking back o see if you need further assistance once satisfied please rate my answer. Thanks.

Ask Your Own Pharmacy Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a pharmacistLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. C. Rollins Your Own Question
Dr. C. Rollins
Dr. C. Rollins
Dr. C. Rollins, Pharm. D.
Category: Pharmacy
Satisfied Customers: 1,103
1,103 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Knowledge in hormone replacement therapy, pediatrics, compounding, long term care, retail, hospice, etc.

Dr. C. Rollins is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!!

Janet VPhoenix, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Drugdad

Drugdad

Pharmacist

1,735 satisfied customers

I have a doctor of pharmacy degree with experience in both retail and hospital. I will be happy to share this knowledge with you

pharmacydoc

pharmacydoc

Pharmacist

410 satisfied customers

Educator with hospital and retail experience.

Dr Mike, PharmD

Dr Mike, PharmD

Pharmacist

204 satisfied customers

Doctor of Pharmacy, 20+ yrs experience, trained at the University of Iowa

PharmDoc8283

PharmDoc8283

Pharmacist

154 satisfied customers

Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD), Board Cert in Geriatrics (CGP), exp in long-term care and retail

Clauduke,RPh

Clauduke,RPh

Pharmacist

90 satisfied customers

Pharmacist for 15 years in multiple practice settings.

Doctorpharmacy

Doctorpharmacy

Pharmacist

64 satisfied customers

Have dr's degree in pharmacy, have been in practice 20 years

Sherwin Kashani

Sherwin Kashani

Pharmacist

59 satisfied customers

Registered pharmacist in Australia.

< Previous | Next >

Related Pharmacy Questions
Can a person take metformin without a prescription with DCA
can a person take metformin without a prescription with DCA for ovarian cancer? … read more
Dr. Bridget
Dr. Bridget
Clinical Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
1,430 satisfied customers
If my insurance policy doesn't have my medicine and i need
If my insurance policy doesn't have my medicine and i need the medicine because i am allergic to all other pain meds. How can i get my insurance company to fill my medicine. I have been on the meds a … read more
Dr Mike, PharmD
Dr Mike, PharmD
Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
I am trying to find out the specific brand name for
I am trying to find out the specific brand name for Watson Pharmaceuticals Estradiol tablets 0.5 mg. NDC number###-##-####0. I need to supply my doctor with the specific name for that drug for she can… read more
Dr. Sone
Dr. Sone
Doctor of Pharmacy
628 satisfied customers
I have been on Crestor for about a year. Prior to that I was
Hi. I have been on Crestor for about a year. Prior to that I was on trilipix, but crestor has actually lowered my cholesterol much better. The generic for Crestor came out and my prescription provider… read more
Dr Mike, PharmD
Dr Mike, PharmD
Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
Allow me to thank you in advance, .t.w. If you are not too
Hello. Allow me to thank you in advance, b.t.w. If you are not too busy, I would like to ask you approx 3 questions pertaining to just one medicine. By the way, love pharmacists, they are more precise… read more
Drugdad
Drugdad
Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
1,735 satisfied customers
I have taken brand klonopin for many years, and the last few
I have taken brand klonopin for many years, and the last few days have tried to switch to generic. I take it now one generic a day as I thought it would be a smoother transition however I'm having hig… read more
Dr. C. Rollins
Dr. C. Rollins
Pharm. D.
Doctoral Degree
1,103 satisfied customers
I am well with Xarelto 20 mg except, they are too costly
I am dong well with Xarelto 20 mg except, they are too costly being on a fixed income. Are there any answers, for an 80 yr. old long time widow? Thank you!… read more
Friendly_Pharmacist
Friendly_Pharmacist
91 satisfied customers
I have been prescribed Atelvia (35 mg) and when I placed the
I have been prescribed Atelvia (35 mg) and when I placed the order through Online Pharmacy Canada, they said I could also use Actonel DR. My doctor wanted the Atelvia because she says it is more effec… read more
Drugdad
Drugdad
Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
1,735 satisfied customers
Do you know if any drug companies have mandatory generic
Do you know if any drug companies have mandatory generic policies with penalties for getting brand necessary even with a doctors signatures. We have highmark PA Shared cost PPO coverage.… read more
Drugdad
Drugdad
Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
1,735 satisfied customers
Veltin would cost me $195. (30 gram tube) and would not be
Veltin would cost me $195. (30 gram tube) and would not be covered by insurance .Is there a less expensive medication that would do the same thing, or are there two cheaper medications that would comb… read more
Drugdad
Drugdad
Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
1,735 satisfied customers
What are some alternatives for adderall. Went to pick up
What are some alternatives for adderall. Went to pick up generic of destroamp-amphet ER and pharmacy said I had to have Adderall according to my insurance. too expensive and need other options to disc… read more
paulapharmd
paulapharmd
Clinical Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
3 satisfied customers
My daughter lost her computer job when she lost her eye
My daughter lost her computer job when she lost her eye site. She's had MS for 6 years. She also lost her insurance. She was on Rebif injection and now can't afford to get her medication. Is there any… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,860 satisfied customers
I am currently on oxycodone 30mg and dilaudid 8mg for pain
i am currently on oxycodone 30mg and dilaudid 8mg for pain due to my cancer. they work but is there anything out there priced reasonable that could take the place of the dilaudid? ive tried oxy 80 , m… read more
JACUSTOMER-ui84p4gi-
JACUSTOMER-ui84p4gi-
Pharmacy Precert Program Manager
Doctoral Degree
20 satisfied customers
I have type 2, i currently take metformin xr 2000 mg daily,
i have type 2, i currently take metformin xr 2000 mg daily, glimipiride, januvia to control my disease. i have been on this regimen for a long time. i stopped taking actos a month ago out of concern f… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,860 satisfied customers
Is there an inexpensive way to buy alprostadil and a syringe
Is there an inexpensive way to buy alprostadil and a syringe and needle for penile injections. My insurance does not cover Caverject, or other brand-name remedies. I'm 74, retired and need to find an … read more
pharmacydoc
pharmacydoc
Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
410 satisfied customers
My doctor gave me a prscription and coupon for effient to
My doctor gave me a prscription and coupon for effient to hold me over until the end of the year as I dont have enough funds left to cover this drug on my drug plan. The pharmacist says that I can't u… read more
jkristin102
jkristin102
I have heard that the generic version of Effexor can have
I have heard that the generic version of Effexor can have significantly less of the active ingredients. If that is the case, is it acceptable to increase the dosage of the generic brand to get the sam… read more
Clinical Pharmacist
Clinical Pharmacist
Advanced Practice Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
48 satisfied customers
On disability; trying to find EQUIVALENT "BRAND XANAX" in
On disability; trying to find EQUIVALENT "BRAND XANAX" in GENERICS...Can't afford 2.80$ a pill! Been on XANAX BRAND (PER DOC) FOR 20 YRS; PANIC/ANXIETY DISORDER, CHRONIC PAIN, FIBROMYALGIA AND MORE...… read more
PharmDoc8283
PharmDoc8283
Pharmacist
Doctoral Degree
154 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x