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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,932 doctors shared insights

Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Does taking of metformin cause weight loss?

Does taking of metformin cause weight loss?

Yes: Metformin can cause weight loss. It can vary from none to 10%, but the average is about 3%. It also causes blood sugar levels to drop from high to normal (but not hypoglycemia). And it decreases cholesterol a little. ...Read more

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Can metformin cause weight loss?

Can metformin cause weight loss?

Yes: For some medical weight loss programs metformin is used for weight loss has to be done under physician supervision. ...Read more

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Does metformin help with weight loss?

Does metformin help with weight loss?

Yes but...: 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. ...Read more

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Safe to take metformin for weight loss?

Safe to take metformin for weight loss?

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. ...Read more

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

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

Trivial: Hi. Metformin doesn't do squat for weight loss; it's weight neutral. There are FDA-approved drugs for weight loss, Qsymia & Belviq, (lorcaserin) which are far more effective than metformin (and far more expensive, unfortunately). There are type 2 diabetes drugs that help with weight loss too, although they're not approved solely for that purpose (GLP-1 agonists & SGLT-2 inhibitors). Good luck! ...Read more

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Can glucophage (metformin) be used for weight loss? If it could be used what is the dose?

Can glucophage (metformin) be used for weight loss? If it could be used what is the dose?

Let me explain: Glucophage (metformin) used for diabetes type ii, but also is been used for weight lose recently, because this drug lower the blood sugar it is wise to use the lower dose which is 500mg then see what happen, your doctor could monitor that and may increase it if he feel is not harmful for you. ...Read more

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I'm taking phendermine and metformin for weight loss and I have horrible nausea all the time which one should I stop taking?

It depends: The metformin is likely causing the nausea, but it's far and away the more important medicine to take provided you've been prescribed it for diabetes, prediabetes or PCOS. It's otherwise not a "weight loss" medicine. Metformin is typically dosed twice a day, so you could try taking it once daily while your body adjusts to it. ...Read more

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Can I take Metformin for weight loss if Im not diabetic?

Can I take Metformin for weight loss if Im not diabetic?

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. ...Read more

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Why we can't use metformin for weight loss in non-diabetic person?

Powerful drug : Metformin is a powerful drug to control blood sugar in the treatment of diabetes.It is not a weight loss medication and the simple regulation of sugar utilization in the blood and body is not a healthy weight loss technique.Limiting dietary intake of sugars and carbohydrates along with exercise is a much better approach.It affects liver production of glucose, intestinal absorption, and Insulin sens. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. David Sneid
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Metformin (Definition)

That reduces liver production of glucose- other benefits: can't cause low blood sugar when used alone, likely cariovascular benefit, may reduce complications of diabetes, may reduce cancer risk ...Read more