Known Name Brands: Glucophage,
Description: Glucophage - 850 mg. tablets - 40 per box. Glucophage
is a brand name for metformin which is an oral hypoglycemic drug.
Glucophage was made to be used to control adult onset diabetes.
This drug is will increase the body's ability to transport glucose
into the muscle cells much better by increasing insulin sensitivity.
This substance will also inhibit the body's formation of sugar
by the liver whereby lowering insulin secretion in the body. This
substance is very similar to phenformin, that is also an oral
hypoglycemic except that phenformin is considered the harsher
of the two compounds.
Phenformin is considered to be from 5 - 10 times stronger than
Glucophage at what it does for the body on a mg. per mg. comparison.
Glucophage has signifigantly less side effects than phenformin
has as well. The chance for an overdose causing hypoglycemia with
the use of Glucophage is dose related whereas you almost have
to take a lethal dose. It is common knowledge that Glucophage
will increase insulin sensitivity as well.
As far as bodybuilders are concerned, this product is used as
an oral form of insulin. It will cause greater glycogen supercompensation
during carb-ups as well as lowering blood glucose for those that
are using the BodyOpus or Atkins diet to induce ketosis more easily.
Common side effects of Glucophage are a metallic taste in the
mouth, nausea, and vomiting. This will become on the next big
drugs used by professional bodybuilders in the coming years for
its ability as a repartitioning agent and blood glucose disposal
Effective Dose: 1,700 mg. per day in divided doses. You have to
take this with meals and with water to avoid stomach upset.
Street Price: Glucophage is very expensive in the US so I would
anticipate a rather steep street price as well. Probably about
$3 per pill.
Stacking Info: This compound is commonly taken with Creatine in
order to help shuttle the creatine into the muscles more effectively
since this product increases insulin sensitivity.