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Buffalo, New York
A 23-year-old female asked:

can taking one metaformin cause lactic acidosis?

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Dr. Qura Rashid
Allergy and Immunology 6 years experience
Unlikely: Theoretically Metformin can cause lactic acidosis but in setting of normal kidney function it is extremely unlikely. Liver disease and concurrent alcohol use can also increase the risk. Talk to your health care provider if you have any of the above risk factors to determine the risk of lactic acidosis.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm confused, what is lactic acidosis?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Dangerous condition: The body generates energy by breaking down fat and sugar thru a very efficient mechanism that uses oxygen and produces carbon dioxide and water. When this mechanism fails, there is another inefficient back up system that generates lactic acid. Poor blood flow, low oxygen, medications, poisons, excessive exercise can cause this lactic acidosis. It should be corrected promptly.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How does metformin treat diabetes?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Metformin: This is a very good drug for diabetes. It decreases the amount of sugar the liver makes (thus lower blood sugar) and it makes the Insulin in your system more effective at the muscles (insulin lowers your blood sugar). Unless you have contraindications or severe side effects from the drug, you should be on this if you have type 2 diabetes.
Richland, WA
A 30-year-old female asked:

How long does it take 500mg of metformin to get out of the system and what are the side effects?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Metformin: Main side effect of metformin is abdominal cramping, gas and diarrhea. 500 mg is a small dose. Talk to your doctor if you plan to stop any medication. The half life for the immediate release metformin is about 6 hours.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Doctors said any elderly, semiconscious patient is tentatively diagnosed as acidosis. What tells them that?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Blood test and: Failure to oxygenate properly due to respiratory and metabolic conditions.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can I take cascara with metformin?

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Rheumatology 51 years experience
Sure: If metformin doesn't upset your stomach, cascara can, but is useful for a very irritating cathartic.

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