What Is Metformin And When Is It Used?

Question:What is metformin and when is it used?

Answer:Metformin is one of the agents that we use to treat type 2 diabetes. It's actually one of the first agents that we might use, as long as you don't have any known side effects of kidney problems. One of the best effects of metformin is that in addition to lowering blood sugars, it also can promote just a little bit of weight loss. Not a lot, maybe two to three pounds. But that's in contrast to other medications for diabetes which can actually cause weight gain.

What are the some of the side effects, though, that can be caused by metformin? The most common is a little bit of nausea and stomach discomfort when taking them. We know that if you start at a lower dose, maybe around 500 mg a day, and slowly work your way up in the recommendation of your physician, that this drug can be very well tolerated and can be very effective for lowering blood sugars.

Next: What Are Sulfonylureas And When Are They Used?

null

Previous: What Are The Different Kinds Of Pills That Are Used To Treat Diabetes And When Are They Used?
-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3826546. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3826546. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3826546.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Salvager Eric Schmitt was combing through the wreckage of a convoy of Spanish ships that sank off the coast of Florida in 1715 when he discovered a missing piece from a gold Pyx.
Courtesy 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC
Lisa Kudrow
Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library | Getty Images
PHOTO: Motorists were startled when an axe from a dump truck in front of them flew at their windshield.
Massachusetts State Police/Facebook
PHOTO: In this April 26, 2013 photo, a large home intended for the family of Warren Jeffs is seen in Hildale, Utah.
Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP