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Can metformin cause lung failure?

Can metformin cause lung failure?

Well... probalby not: There is one case report of metformin induced lung injury in the literature; millions of people take the drug regularly, which makes me question even the validity of that report. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Is it possible for metformin to make your lungs burn and to cause lung failure?

Is it possible for metformin to make your lungs burn and to cause lung failure?

No: Hi. No, that's not a metformin effect. Did a doctor tell you your lungs are failing? See a pulmonologist (lung specialist) for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Causes of burning. Ache in chest. Can it be caused by metformin?

Causes of burning. Ache in chest.  Can it be caused by metformin?

Possible: Metformin can cause gastrointestinal upset when first starting medication or after increasing dosage. Should go away within a few days of starting medication. If this isn't the case, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I started Metformin for diabetes ever since day one i have been having chest pain and tenderness in the chest and now on left side. What causes this?

I started Metformin for diabetes  ever since day one i have been having chest pain and tenderness in the chest and now on left side. What causes this?

Diabetic CP: If you are a diabetic you are at increased risk for a heart attack. Any chest pain you have should be evaluated by a physician. Female diabetics especially can have atypical chest pain related to heart disease. See your primary care physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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I just started lipitor, (atorvastatin)up dosage of metformin to 1000mg suddenlt have high bp and chest palpitations i do also think i have gerd too please help.

I just started lipitor, (atorvastatin)up dosage of metformin to 1000mg suddenlt have high bp and chest palpitations  i do also think i have gerd too please help.

Lipitor (atorvastatin) doesn't: cause palpitations, high BP or palpitations. Metformin decreases blood sugar, low blood sugar can cause all kinds of symptoms, including high BP and palps. GERD doesn't cause these. Let your doc know. He/She might do a holter monitor to check your heart rhythm, and check your BP. Good Luck. Visit http://CardioGauge.com to learn how to prevent heart attacks. ...Read more

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65f diabetes2, taken off actose, metformin doubled 2000mg daily. New: tired, sleepy, weak, lf chest pain, stomach pain, cold, out of sorts?

65f diabetes2, taken off actose, metformin doubled 2000mg daily. New: tired, sleepy, weak, lf chest pain, stomach pain, cold, out of sorts?

See doctor: Taking a higher dose of metformin can contribute to GI side effects such as diarrhea, stomach upset, but you should not have chest pain, feel weak, or cold. Chest pain always needs evaluation, especially when you have diabetes. Please see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Hi, i have what my primary doctor says is prediabetes im on metformin 500mg twice daily. i just found out from a chest X-ray that i have mild cardiomegaly. monday im going to see a cardiologist. I dont know what to exspect. I also have high blood pres

Hi, i have what my primary doctor says is prediabetes im on metformin 500mg twice daily.  i just found out from a chest X-ray that i have mild cardiomegaly.  monday im going to see a cardiologist.  I dont know what to exspect.  I also have high blood pres

Exercise pill: Cardiomegaly means large heart, means most likely your heart is working too hard, will likely give you bp medicine too. Exercise helps blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol, sleep, mood, pain, and much more. After cardiologist approves, start daily 20 min fast exercise, every day, will eventually take the place of your pills if you are consistent. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does metformin cause cancer or renal failure? Why does my doc want me to take 1000 mg of metformin a day? Is it 2 much?

Doc trying to help: Your doc is trying to control your blood sugar. Metformin can cause kidney problems in people who already have an underlying kidney condition, but most of the time it will help your kidneys by preventing diabetes related problems. The max dose is 2500 mg/d, so 1000 mg is not too high. If you really care about your health, quit drinking and eat a healthy diet free from sugar and refined flour. ...Read more

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Someone told me if I am on metformin, and have severe diarrhea I should stop taking it because it could cause kidney failure, is this correct, thanks ?

Someone told me if I am on metformin, and have severe diarrhea I should stop taking it because it could cause kidney failure, is this correct, thanks ?

GI symptoms common: Gastrointestinal symptoms are not uncommon with metformin. Most people take metformin for diabetes; diabetes is one of the two leading causes of kidney failure. I imagine if one got very dehydrated with diarrhea (possible), it could result in a sudden worsening of kidney function. Perhaps that was the intended message. But do check with your doctor to be certain this applies in your case. Lgromko. ...Read more

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Does metformin cause hunger? That's what i've experienced lately.

Does metformin cause hunger?  That's what i've experienced lately.

It should not: What are you taking the medication for? Most time it will cause you to eat less. ...Read more

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Can metformin cause anxiety?

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Can metformin cause anxiety?

Metformin: Common side-effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps, gases, and if there's impairment in liver or kidney functions it can rarely cause lactic acidosis which can present with confusion & lethargy. Please discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Can metformin cause headaches?

Yes: Metformin can cause headaches but it is not a very common symptom. ...Read more

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Why does metformin cause nausea?

The Why's...: Interesting question. In medicine there may not be a valid or comprehensible answer to why things are the way they are. But, they just are and we need to be aware of the pros and cons of any treatment. Nausea and diarrhea are common with metformin for at least the short term. ...Read more

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Why does metformin cause diarrhea?

Why does metformin cause diarrhea?

Side effect: Diarrhea is a common side effect to metformin that is unrelated to blood sugar control. I do not think the cause for this side effect is known. It can start immediately or years after being on the medication. The diarrhea tends to be dose related, so the higher the dose the more likely for it to occur. Sometimes it will go away when you go to a lower dose or take an extended release form. ...Read more

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Can metformin cause high ketone levels?

Can metformin cause high ketone levels?

No: High ketones mean poor control - you may need insulin. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Rashes cause by glucophage (metformin)?

Rashes cause by glucophage (metformin)?

Rare: Skin reactions to metformin have been reported, but are uncommon. Try stopping rx and then restarting at low dose after rash resolves if you can't find another more likely cause. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual or concerning for metformin to cause constipation?

Would it be unusual or concerning for metformin to cause constipation?

Carbs vs fat: Metformin decreases the absorption of carbs from your GI tract so if you eat a lot of simple carbs they will stay in your intestine, hold a bunch of water and cause a lot of diarrhea. If you are avoiding a lot of simple carbs (which you should) and you eat a diet high in fat (which slows your intestines) you will end up severly constipated. Increase you fluid and fiber to replace the carbs. ...Read more

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Metformin (Definition)

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