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A 46-year-old member asked:

Safe to take metformin for weight loss?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Duic
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
NO: Metformin is not a drug for weight loss. It's main use is for diabetics and patients who may be "pre-diabetic". If your doctor prescribed this for you speak with him again as to why he wants you on this medicine.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 18 years experience
Not usually..: While weight loss may occur while taking metformin, weight loss is not usually the reason the medicine is prescribed. The drug does have to be taken under the supervision of a prescribing doctor.

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What is it like to take metformin for weight loss and what was the outcome?

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Dr. Rodolfo Perez
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May loose some ....: Lost weight is likely related to gastrointestinal side effect like nausea, fullness, not as a direct effect of the medication, only take if you are a diabetic.
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Can I take Metformin for weight loss if Im not diabetic?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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Does metformin help with weight loss?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
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No or maybe: There is no consistent evidence that metformin helps with weight loss. Studies simply do not back up this statement. Individuals do seem to lose weight while on metformin, but it is not at all clear it's the drug.
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Can metformin cause weight loss?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Yes: For some medical weight loss programs metformin is used for weight loss has to be done under physician supervision.
Last updated Mar 25, 2015


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