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A 34-year-old member asked:

when should someone discontinue metformin?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
If you can't: tolerate the gi side effects or if you develope progressive renal impairment. Check w/your doctor.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to take metformin if I don't get a fingerstick test?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yea: Metformin will mot cause hypoglycemia, so a meter is not absolutely a must. However, a meter will help you and your doctor determine the effectiveness of your treatment.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does metformin contain anything antifungal in it?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Nope!: I've used metformin to treat several conditions, but not a fungal infection as a direct effect. But, if a poorly controlled diabetic gets a fungal infection and metformin is added to improve sugar control, it is improved control that helps cure the infection.
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A 19-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of metformin?

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Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine 24 years experience
GI symptoms: The most common side effect is stomach discomfort and/or diarrhea. These symptoms usually disappear in a week. There is also a chance of renal failure and you should have your kidney function checked through the blood to make sure there are no problems before you start.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can metformin helps reduce fats?

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Dr. Peter Horvath
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
No.: Metformin is given to improve the action of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that aids cells in the uptake of carbohydrates, not fats.
Dr. Ward Dean
Dr. Ward Dean commented
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
Yes, that is true. But those excess carbohydrates (glucose) which enter the cell are stored as fat. That's why most Type II diabetics, who are hyperinsulinemic, are overfat, and generally have hyperlipidemia--especially, hypertriglyceridemia.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Why has my doctor prescribed me metformin if i'm not diabetic?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Several possibilitie: In patients with "pre diabetes" - borderline blood sugars either fasting or after eating - metformin has been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing diabetes. Metformin is also used in woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome. In these patients it can stimulate ovulation.

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