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safe to take metformin for weight loss?

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Dr. Peter Duic
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
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.
Answered on Dec 12, 2012
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Dr. Charles Turck
17 years experience Pharmacology
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.
Answered on Mar 25, 2015

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