Question I take metformin ER 500mg tablets for Type 2 diabetes. I was filling my weekly pill box and ran out. After refilling my prescription I noticed the identification number on the two tablets differed. I searched the internet to be sure the medication was the same. I may be mistaken but I thought all pills that are for the same thing, generic or otherwise would be coded the same, regardless of the pharmaceutical distributer. Both tablets look very similar, white and the same size and oblong shape. One says IP 178(NDC 53746-178-05), the other ID is odd. The first number or letter is either 7 but looks more like an(upside down capital L)with L001 behind it.The NDC # on the 2nd bottle says NDC 67877-159-05. Are these both metformin?
Answer Hi Cathy,
I can confoirm that the second bottle you have is Metformin Extended Release 500 mg by Ascend Laboratories. Each drug manufacturer has their own markings on their products. You can confirm the product at ndcvalidator.com
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